Detective Constable Endeavour Morse returns to Oxford to investigate the disappearance of a missing schoolgirl.
As 1966 draws to a close, the body of a disreputable journalist found in mysterious circumstances threatens to expose unspeakable horrors from the past.
Oxford falls under a thick fog as a multiple-murderer haunts the city, strangling a series of women; no married woman is safe and as the suspect list narrows, Endeavour and Thursday find their emotional lives are turned upside down.
When a barbarous bloodletting in an Oxford museum claims the life of an elderly man, the investigation propels Endeavour and Thursday to a girls' school haunted by memories of an atrocity committed 100 years before.
DC Endeavor Morse returns to duty and faces a baffling suicide, an anguished father searching for his missing daughter and the robbery of Anglo Saxon treasures tax.
Morse investigates a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of an Oxford professor.
When a worker is found murdered at the British Imperial Electric Company, Endeavour finds himself embroiled in the affairs of the factory and its owners; the Broom family and one of the dead man's colleagues become the prime suspects.
An unknown menace stalks Oxford; although the killer appears to be a deranged lunatic, striking at random, there's an underlying method to the madness; the elaborate staging of the crimes suggests the killer shares Endeavour's passion for opera.
The sudden death of a pretty young secretarial student and a string of post office robberies threaten to mask the solution to a pair of violent murders.