A smaller number of episodes were based on Rendell's full-length novels, such as The Strawberry Tree starring Simon Ward, Going Wrong starring James Callis, A Case of Coincidence starring Keith Barron and Ronald Pickup, Front Seat starring Janet Suzman and The Lake of Darkness starring Jerome Flynn.An overall total of fifty-five episodes featured Inspector Wexford, alongside his wife Dora (Louie Ramsay) and sidekick DI Mike Burden (Christopher Ravenscroft).The carpet is soaked with human blood, but there is no body to be found. Inspector Wexford and his team appear nowhere nearer solving the mystery.Meanwhile, a beautiful, promiscuous woman goes missing - as does the bundle of cash she was carrying. Perhaps if the missing girl's body could be located things would becomes clearer. Part 3: A gold lighter is found and provides a vital clue to the girl's disappearance.
Wexford joins forces with a bridegroom when his best man is killed at the stag party.
Having attended a police conference in China, Wexford joins a group of British tourists in Hong Kong including former barrister Adam Knighton and his wife Adela — not the most loving of couples. Knighton, who lived nearby, was murdered in an apparent robbery.