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Place of Execution 2008 crime mystery

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In 1963 13-year-old girl Alison Carter left her house to walk her dog in the rural village of Scardale. Few hours later her mother called the local police asking for help since her Alison still did not returned. Young Detective Inspector George Bennett takes the case and rushed to Scardale knowing that teenager won’t last long in the area surrounded by marshes.

Val McDermid, Scottish crime writer that was author of, among others, novels that were used as base for brilliant Wire In The Blood TV series, wrote A Place of Execution in 1999. Just like her other novels this one also explores rather dark sides of human nature. In rural area young inspector begins the investigation into disappearance of young girl, daughter of rich family living in impressive mansion. We join the journalist Catherine Heathcote, who 45 years later tries to put together the bits of puzzle that surrounded that case.

DI George Bennett, now retired, reluctantly returns to that investigation, even though it put him on the front pages of newspapers countrywide and made him a hero. His former partner DS Tommy Clough refuses to talk about it. The elusive current owner of the mansion is not interested in letting anyone in, especially media. Since so many people avoid her questions Catherine feels there is something behind that story, and of course there is.

We look at the story of Catherine and her investigation, as well as on the flashbacks from 1963 police investigation while bits of the mystery begin to fall in right places. Mini-series made in typically British style and in typically British surrounding of rural village and community that wants to keep its secrets to remain secret.


  • In US Place of Execution was aired as a two-part series in November 2009 in the US as part of the anthology series Masterpiece: Mystery!.

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