The mother, recently released from prison, is arrested and a motive for Lee's wife emerges. Father Brown untangles a web of deceit and corruption in the police as Lee lays dying. Father Brown is apprehensive when he receives an invitation to a party given by the recently-released Uncle Mirth, a former music hall comedian whom Brown helped put in an asylum. When Brown and the other invitees arrive at the venue, a derelict warehouse, he and Mirth's brother find envelopes containing their death certificates. Inspector Mallory finds another death certificate for a second brother who had died of a heart attack outside the presbytery the previous day.
Father Brown knows the Pope's coronation gift to the Queen of a priceless cross is too tempting to Flambeau and Brown convinces the Bishop to let him guard it.
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Flambeau arrives on Brown's doorstep seeking his help to steal the cross in order to save the life of his daughter whom he has never met, and who has been kidnapped by Flambeau's criminal partner he once left for dead. Before they can steal the cross it goes missing from the Bishop's Palace. Brown has underestimated Papal politics, Flambeau's daughter, and the consciences of men. Lady Felicia's reckless driving lands her and Mrs McCarthy in adjoining hospital beds.
A new admittance to the ward dies the following morning on the operating table. A nurse claims it is murder and is found dead the same afternoon, forcing Inspector Mallory to do more than his initial cursory investigation. Father Brown, once Sid makes it past the officious substitute Parish Secretary and notifies him of developments, follows a different line of inquiry and Lady Felicia and Mrs McCarthy's snooping put the latter in danger on the same operating table.
A pilot returns from the dead after eight years as Father Brown is about to marry his wife to his brother. No-one except his daughter is pleased to see him, especially his father who believes him to be a deserter. When the returnee is found shot in the head and blood-stained women's clothing is found, Inspector Mallory charges the wife, dismissing the daughter's claims that another woman entered the house. Father Brown finds a visiting card for a cross-dressing bar, realises the identity of the real killer and that they cannot be exposed.
Father Brown is puzzled when the grave of a recent burial is opened and the body is missing, only for it to turn up at the premises of a different undertaker. Inspector Mallory is even more mystified as the victim died of decapitation in a motor cycle accident with no sign of other injury. The undertaker is arrested and the animosity between him and the victim's mother is evident for all to see.
Father Brown uncovers the reason behind their hatred and the forbidden love which the victim had for the undertaker's daughter. Robert Twyman, a leading aeronautics magnate, receives a note that his son, a piano player and contestant in a local variety show, would be killed if he does not confess.
Next morning the son is found strangled next to his piano in a locked house with only his father and butler present. Twyman is convinced a journalist piano-player rival of his son is the killer. Inspector Mallory arrests Twyman after Lady Felicia finds him standing over the dead body of the journalist by her piano. Father Brown notices that both pianists had been somehow playing the same music and the answer is to be found in a book given to him by Doctor Mordaunt Jackson, a psycho-analyst currently giving a lecture in Kembleford.
Final regular appearance of Alex Price as Sid Carter. The Duke of Frome, John Langton, with his wife, their baby born after complications during childbirth, a domineering nanny, nursery maid and valet arrive at Montague Hall for Lady Felicia's Yuletide ball. During the evening the baby is taken from his cot. Inspector Mallory suspects an inside job by the valet when his secret wife arrives while Brown is more interested in the birth of the baby at a home for unmarried mothers. Mrs McCarthy, under pressure from the diocese to provide a Christmas service fit for a Duke, receives unexpected help from a vagrant, Michael Negal, she finds sleeping in the confessional.
Robert Malmort and Joan Vanderlande are brought together by their respective parents with a view to marriage.
When the maid Ruby is found dead, Lady Felicia's niece, Bunty, is suspected. Father Brown suspects the answer lies at the end of a Labyrinth and a sad secret the Malmorts are hiding. Following her latest scandalous headlines Bunty's father insists she stay in Kembleford and Felicia needs her to look after her home as she is leaving with her husband, Monty, who has been appointed Governor of Northern Rhodesia.
First appearance of Emer Kenny as "Bunty" Windermere. Kembleford District Council holds an emergency meeting attended by the local clergy to discuss a coven in Crow's wood. Father Brown's liberal views on witchcraft do not go down well and when the body of one of the coven is found dead, feelings run high in the village. Tensions are fanned by the Reverend Gillespie, a Methodist minister whose wife and daughter died in the blitz. Mrs McCarthy sends Bunty to gather mushrooms for her soup and over dinner.
Allsworthy, smitten by Bunty, has reason to propose marriage. Father Brown is drawn into the shady world of London Boxing promoter and racketeer, Denis Nelson, who is involved in illegal betting, fixed fights, and blackmail. Jed, suspected of murder, is arrested and then bailed into the care of Father Brown who uncovers Jed's secret love for Nelson's girlfriend. She has lured a town councillor into a compromising position so Nelson can obtain a boxing venue. Father Brown has to uncover the murderer, ensure a fair fight and break Nelson's hold over everyone.
Bankrupt writer of erotic novel 'Lulu and Lucia', Lucia Morell is murdered with an axe and her hand removed. Subject of a previous attack, her threat to reveal on whom Lulu was based is thought to be the motive. Suspects include Lady Ursula Lansford of Uxbridge who runs a home for released female prisoners, Lansford's son whom Lucia humiliated, the gardener, and two ex-prisoners.
Bunty becomes ill after eating the gardener's soup and one of the girls is poisoned; and when the hand is discovered in Lady Ursula's private bathroom the gardener confesses. Father Brown believes the answer is in the novel, leading to tragic consequences. Katherine Corven, awaiting execution for murdering her husband, summons Father Brown, who helped to convict her, to hear her confession; that she has arranged the death of her lover Raymond Worrall.
When Inspector Mallory finds Worrall, in a locked cottage, dead from a gunshot to the head and Father Brown in possession of a pistol and the key to the cottage, he arrests him on suspicion of murder. Bunty and McCarthy seek to prove his innocence and Sergeant Goodfellow contrives his escape from the police station cell. A Jackdaw egg at the cottage provides Father Brown with a clue to explain the death of Worrall.
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Agnes Lesser creates aids to detection in the form of dioramas of crime scenes. She invites Father Brown to an awards ceremony at her home where she unveils an exact diorama of her mother' death, at the bottom of a staircase 10 years previously, to the shocked guests including her father, the Chief Constable, and the detective who investigated at the time; hoping the death would be reinvestigated.
When the detective is murdered after removing a miniature newspaper from the diorama; Inspector Mallory is arrested for his murder and Father Brown realises the newspaper holds the clue to the tragic events that had befallen the Lesser family including the death of Agnes younger sister by drowning. Joselyn, Mrs McCarthy' niece and god-daughter, visits and then disappears. With Bunty's help Father Brown discovers Joselyn is at the club where she has been working for months.
When one of the other girls, Verity, is murdered at the club wearing Joselyn's costume; Bunty goes undercover as Pepper Seymore, a burlesque dancer, and Mrs McCarthy as a cleaner take jobs at the club looking for clues. Father Brown uncovers a pregnant victim, jealously, unrequited love, blackmail and other services being offered within the club. Cartwright's husband, a photographer, accidentally kills his assistant, Lewis, boyfriend of Ada, with a cricket bat believing him a burglar. Lewis is found to have been poisoned and Father Brown discovers his cache of nude photographs of local girls.
One of the photographs is of Ada. Inspector Mallory arrests the photographer while Father Brown wonders why a book, The Lepidopterist 's Companion , is loaned out so often for only a day or two, and who used the photographer's studio where the pictures were taken. Mrs McCarthy walks out with a ne'er-do-well. Professor Hilary Ambrose, who is experiencing memory loss and delusions, seeks the help of Father Brown to solve a riddle over years old relating to an Alchemist who hid a formula believed to turn lead into gold.
When one of his students is murdered and the evidence points to Ambrose, Inspector Mallory arrests him. To prove his innocence Father Brown has to solve the riddle, find the hidden formula, and discover the real killer. Discovering the terrible secret of the formula, and the killer, poses a dilemma for Father Brown but explains why an entire village, Thorndyke, disappeared from the map over years ago.
First guest appearance of Alex Price as Sid Carter. When their landlady is murdered by smoke from a blocked chimney, yet her three kittens survived. The three cast members and new producer, who falls for Bunty and wants to impress, are suspected. Father Brown is concerned when Bunty invites the cast members to stay at Montague Hall.
Bunty finds the show announcer's diary revealing his colourful lifestyle and his new found prospects.
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When he is found dead in a locked bathroom Father Brown realises Bunty and blackmail are the motives. Aldous Kemp and his daughter Grace arrive in Kembleford for the County Fair to sell a valuable item so he can pay for her training as a doctor. An employee of the East African Postal Service which he had in common with John Hammond whose father's business is failing.
Father Brown recognises John's skill as an engraver and that the Tanganyika Green is a stamp. Bunty lodges the antiques valuer at Montague Hall and is surprised when petrol is stolen from her car while Mrs McCarthy believes he's a fraud. Fear of alien invasion hits Kembleford as Charlotte, daughter of widower William Bailey, goes missing overnight and lights are seen in the sky. Charlotte arrives at the police station and collapses from injury and abdominal pains.
The hospital doctor, a war hero, confirms she is pregnant. William Bailey is found dead the following day from poisoning and Inspector Mallory arrests his gardener, Sean Crimp, he had recently dismissed who was Charlotte's boyfriend. More lights in the sky overnight and Crimp disappears from his police cell. Father Brown finds the answer in a science fiction comic that the younger brother of Charlotte's hospital nurse is reading. Hercule Flambeau awaiting trial for murder asks for Father Brown to act as his chaplain and professes his innocence yet at his pre-trial hearing he pleads guilty and is condemned to death.
Father Brown realises he is part of Flambeau's plan to find a gold medallion hidden by the architect of the prison that Flambeau is being held. A plan that begins to unravel when Flambeau's victim fails to reappear after he is murdered by his wife intent on obtaining the gold medallion for herself. Father Brown has to engineer Flambeau's escape from the death cell. Katherine Corven awaiting execution for murdering her husband is reprieved on the confession of her housekeeper. Father Brown is afraid she will take revenge on his friends. A wardress from Corven's prison is found hanged in a locked cottage and Corven's alibi is provided by the Mother Superior of a convent where she is training as a postulant.
A local reporter pursues Father Brown, accusing him in the press of impropriety with Corven. Bunty goes missing while Father Brown is blackmailed to confirm the story under the threat of Bunty's life. A Jackdaw flying in the church gives Father Brown the clue to the death of the wardress. British Railways proposes closing Kembleford Station due to no profitability, causing its stationmaster Ben Webb, to have a heart attack.
A fete to save the station finds Webb bludgeoned to death in a trunk on the platform. Learning Webb was a philanderer over many years gives Father Brown many suspects ranging from his pregnant wife Julia, a bus company boss, a British Railways manager, and the church's new cleaner Pandora. The murder is complicated by the fact that Webb died from drowning. Mrs McCarthy's friend, Freda, dies in her sleep at a care home.
Father Brown suspects foul play when he smells an unusual odour from the body. Animosity between Freda's son and Freda's new friend, Charlie, who is to inherit Freda's estate arouses Father Brown's suspicions until Charlie dies in his sleep. Another death and Mallory arrests Freda's son.
All the victims were terminally ill and a white feather at each scene confirmed they were complicit in their own death by an angel of mercy. Bunty's friend, Ellen, who is terminally ill and uses a wheelchair, goes missing and Bunty fears the worst after finding a white feather in her room.
Inspector Mallory is taken off the case as he was present at the time. Frobisher was with the War Crimes Commission and war time memories are stirred up when Mallory and Father Brown discover Eric and Christina Worcester, from Poland had respectively connections with the SS and concentration camp survivor. When Eric commits suicide; a typewritten suicide note gives Father Brown the clue to the killer of Frobisher. Father Brown , Mrs McCarthy, and Bunty attend a ballroom competition and one of the contestants, Lucy Dawes, is murdered; her blind dancing partner Alexander Walgrave, who found the body, believes he knows who the murderer is and asks Father Brown and Bunty prove it.
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