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On the Magpie Murders trail

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Based on the 2016 mystery novel by British author Anthony Horowitz, the story focuses on the murder of a mystery author and uses a story within a story format. Starring Lesley Manville and Daniel Mays, the six-part series was developed by PBS in the US and Britbox but was then bought by the BCC, who announced it would be airing a follow-up season in 2024.

Timothy McMullan as fictional detective Atticus Pünd and Manville stars as editor turned sleuth Susan Ryeland who reads an Agatha Christie-type murder mystery story with the final chapter missing. ‘I’m going to Suffolk to find out who did it,’ she says.

Some scenes were shot in Woodbridge, but the real star is Kersey, arguably the prettiest village in Suffolk with its iconic ford in the middle of the main street over a tributary of the River Brett.

Both stars will reprise their roles in a sequel series titled Moonflower Murders.

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Visit the Suffolk Wool Towns

The Wool Towns are some of the best-preserved and prettiest in the region, studded with timber-framed houses and even grander churches, built when the wool trade was at its peak and Suffolk was one of the wealthiest places in the country.

Picture-perfect Kersey has been named in the top 10 villages in Britain, look out for iconic ‘Suffolk Pink’ cottages in Cavendish, explore the Clare Castle Country Park with its castle remains, old railway station and priory, walk by the river in Hadleigh and Long Melford has moated Kentwell Hall and Holy Trinity church, perhaps the most beautiful in Suffolk.

These are places to explore on foot and then have a tipple in a quaint, traditional pub.

Enjoy a weekend in Lavenham

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Salthouse Harbour Hotel
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The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa
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The Marquis
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NT Melford Hall
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Kentwell Hall
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Wherstead Park
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Gainsborough’s House
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