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15MD0120140609

A body is found on an allotment in Cranby.

Best selling crime writer Val McDermid turns to comedy capers among the carrots, as we rummage through the undergrowth of a murder on the allotments. Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh and Miriam Margolyes.

It's a case for Detective Chief Inspector Alma Blair, the Alpha Detective, her sergeant Jason Trotter, and Jo Blake the crime scene manager. Watch how the women behave towards each other. Rivals? Not quite. There may even be a barely detectable flirtatiousness between them.

In Episode 1 a body is found on an allotment in Cranby

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore

Writer: Val McDermid

Directed and Produced by Justine Potter

A Savvy Production for BBC Radio 4.

15MD0220140610

Are there green shoots of love between Alma and Jo?

Best selling crime writer Val McDermid's comedy detective story of murder on the allotments and a suspect list as long as a prize-winning leak. Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh and Miriam Margolyes.

Humans, like most other animals, are happiest when they are on their home territory. When they are forced into strange places, they always seek out environments that remind them of their own turf. Which is why Detective Sergeant Jason Trotter is still in the pub, a classic habitat of the detective story. Meanwhile, Alpha female DCI Alma Blair is very much in her natural environment. In a police car, with a suspect.

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore

Writer: Val McDermid

Directed and Produced by Justine Potter

A Savvy Production for BBC Radio 4.

15MD0320140611

Alma and Jason follow the money to intrigue on a market veg stall.

Best selling crime writer Val McDermid's muderous allotment comedy. Julie Hesmondhalgh, Miriam Margolyes and John Hollingworth star in the wild habitat of the detective story, deftly narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

In the animal kingdom, there are a handful of primary directives that supersede everything else. Food, shelter, that kind of thing. In the detective story, it's the same principle. Suspects, motives, interviews. Nobody understands that better than the Alpha lioness of the pride - aka Detective Chief Inspector Alma Blair.

In Episode 3, Alma and Jason follow the money to intrigue on a market veg stall.

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore

Writer: Val McDermid

Directed and Produced by Justine Potter

A Savvy Production for BBC Radio 4.

15MD0420140612

Fear stalks the herd. Surely we must be getting nearer to solving the crime.

Fear stalks the herd when there's a predator on the loose in Val McDermid's comedy detective story starring Julie Hesmondhalgh and Miriam Margolyes. And with only two episodes to go, surely we must be getting nearer to solving the crime?

This fourth episode builds to the moment of truth when the suspects are invited to turn on each other. The unravelling of the detective story so often depends on one person betraying another. It's one of the things this species is particularly adept at.

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore

Writer: Val McDermid

Directed and Produced by Justine Potter

A Savvy Production for BBC Radio 4.

15MD05 LAST20140613

Events draw to a climax in the traditional mode of the detective story.

And so, Val McDermid's crime comedy draws to a climax in the traditional mode of the detective story. The date of Friday 13th adds to the air of danger and mystery - almost as if it was planned that way.

As the suspense builds. What, we ask ourselves, what is that unfamiliar sound? Is it a mating cry? An alarm call?

In the wild, hunters have to rely on their tracking skills - their eyesight, their hearing, their knowledge of their environment and their experience. Luckily for Detective Sergeant Trotter, he has something more sophisticated to count on.

There's nothing quite like a good murder - apart, of course, from another good murder in a second series -

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore

Writer: Val McDermid

Directed and Produced by Justine Potter

A Savvy Production for BBC Radio 4.