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Lu­cien’s lat­est mur­der cases prove chal­leng­ing but it’s his en­gage­ment to Jean that has tongues wag­ging.

There’s never a dull mo­ment for the Bal­larat po­lice and their lat­est in­ves­ti­ga­tions seem to be tough for even Lu­cien to un­ravel. And as he goes about his busi­ness, Jean is faced with gos­sip and spec­u­la­tion about their ro­mance that im­pacts on her re­la­tion­ship with the church.

Lu­cien (Craig McLachlan) and Jean (Na­dine Gar­ner) aren’t the only ones hav­ing a tough time lately. Char­lie (Char­lie Cousins) has a lot on his plate too. His family are in town for his brother Ray’s (Ethan Panizza) box­ing match and there is much bad blood be­tween them. The ten­sion rises when Ray ap­pears to beat his box­ing op­po­nent Mickey (Troy Cow­ard) to death dur­ing a match.

Ray is named the main sus­pect but Lu­cien’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­veal Mickey was ac­tu­ally poi­soned. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­comes a strug­gle for Char­lie who also has to deal with Ray’s re­sent­ment that Char­lie once aban­doned the family for his ca­reer.

Then a Ro­mani gypsy com­mu­nity sets up in town at­tract­ing jour­nal­ist Rose (Anna McGa­han) who is at the camp late one night when she finds the body of a mur­dered woman. Lu­cien strug­gles to get the Ro­mani peo­ple to trust him and finds they are wary and an­gry about his pres­ence, though they may come to find he can be a help­ful ally.

Mean­while Su­per­in­ten­dent Law­son (Joel Tobeck) is re­luc­tantly ad­just­ing to a new re­al­ity with his in­juries lim­it­ing his work as a po­lice of­fi­cer. He’s hav­ing to do the job in a whole new way and let Char­lie take on more re­spon­si­bil­ity as his sec­ond in charge.

There’s more trou­ble for the po­lice when Sergeant

Lu­cien’s LAT­EST MUR­DER CASES PROVE CHAL­LENG­ING BUT IT’S HIS EN­GAGE­MENT TO Jean THAT HAS TONGUES WAG­GING Now they are of­fi­cially a cou­ple, Jean must con­front the years of gos­sip.

Bill Ho­bart (David White­ley) be­comes a sus­pect. The night af­ter a po­lice raid at a res­tau­rant the body of a French chef is found in the freezer. Ho­bart had been re­spon­si­ble for the raid and admits to hand­ing out pun­ish­ment dur­ing the pro­ce­dure.

But there’s gos­sip that the chef was ho­mo­sex­ual and may have been in a re­la­tion­ship with the res­tau­rant’s owner. How will Char­lie cope with the pres­sure of hav­ing to in­ves­ti­gate his col­league when Ho­bart was so sup­port­ive dur­ing the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing Ray?

And then writer Pa­tri­cia Neville (Angela Kennedy) re­turns to her home town for the re­lease of her new book, which is highly crit­i­cal of Bal­larat and its res­i­dents. The morn­ing af­ter vi­o­lence erupted at her li­brary read­ing Pa­tri­cia is found dead be­side her un­con­scious sis­ter.

What is first be­lieved to be a mur­der-sui­cide seems less likely the fur­ther Lu­cien digs into the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Both women had taken poi­son but there is no trace of it at the house and pos­si­ble sus­pects are start­ing to emerge.

Prov­ing just as complicated is Lu­cien and Jean’s en­gage­ment. Now that they are of­fi­cially a cou­ple Jean must con­front the years of gos­sip about her re­la­tion­ship. Jean is con­flicted be­tween keep­ing up with the so­cial ex­pec­ta­tions for a sin­gle woman in the early 1960s, her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a Catholic and her love for Lu­cien.

There is also lots to sort out be­fore Lu­cien and Jean can say “I do” with the most press­ing is­sue be­ing Lu­cien and Mei Lin’s (Ling Cooper Tang) di­vorce. It’s a frus­trat­ing le­gal­ity that only reared its head when it was re­vealed Mei Lin was alive in sea­son four. Be­fore that Lu­cien had moved on with his life and felt free to pur­sue an­other ro­mance.

Now Jean is hop­ing the di­vorce is dealt with qui­etly so that she can save face not only in the com­mu­nity but with her church as well. But sort­ing out the finer de­tails of their up­com­ing mar­riage is prov­ing trick­ier than ei­ther an­tic­i­pated.

Dr Blake (Craig McLachlan) (right) and Char­lie in­ves­ti­gate the mur­der of a woman at a Ro­mani gypsy com­mu­nity. THE DOC­TOR BLAKE MYS­TER­IES SUN­DAYS AT 8.30PM ON ABC JEAN There’s also the death of Pa­tri­cia Neville (Angela Kennedy) to un­ravel.

Sergeant Char­lie Davis (Char­lie Cousins) is tak­ing on more re­spon­si­bilty along­side Dr Blake.

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