Elderly Eunice Bevan's corpse is discovered in her house whilst her bed-ridden, ailing husband Joe lies in the room above. With no sign of forced entry it looks as if the killer was one of the Bevans' children but the only one still around is daughter Helen and she claims to have had no contact with them for thirty years. Joe however is convinced he heard Helen argue with her mother and she is arrested. Helen tells Rachel that when she was growing up the parents abused her and her siblings, one of whom committed suicide. Janet, now acting sergeant, sees that Joe is far more mobile than he claims and the police reason that one of the two must be the killer. Rachel is less sure that she did the right thing in marrying Sean and can also do without the reappearance of her loud, drunken mother Sharon.
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