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.