Discs 1-3 (Series 1)
Episode 1:The Best of Both Worlds
For DI Crabbe, getting shot in the line of duty is the last straw. But when he tries to retire and open up his dream restaurant, the police are reluctant to let him go. ACC Fisher assures him life as a part-time cop and restaurateur will be the best of both worlds. His non-foodie wife, Margaret, thinks it’s more likely a recipe for disaster.
Episode 2:The Truth Will Out
As Crabbe tries to get his new restaurant underway, Fisher enlists him to find a missing policeman. The AWOL cop claims to have evidence of corruption at the highest levels of the force. Can Crabbe solve the case in time for the opening night of Pie in the Sky?
Episode 3:An Innocent Man
The restaurant is up and running, with a popular menu and regular customersone of whom happens to be under investigation. Crabbe acquiesces to a police team taking over the premises. But when he realizes they wish to entrap his customer, he must find a way to prove the man’s innocence.
Episode 4:Once a Copper
While preparing a seafood menu for visiting Japanese dignitaries, Crabbe spots a criminal in town reported dead 15 years ago. Sensing something fishy, Crabbe investigates. When offered full retirement from the force if he drops the case, he’s left with the hardest choice of all.
Episode 5:A Shot in the Dark
When a pilot in a small import business is shot dead, it looks like a burglary gone wrong. Fisher gives the case to Crabbe, who wonders, not for the first time, just what his boss is up to. Is there a drug-ring angle? Or was it a pet-smuggling operation? Crabbe tries to separate the coincidences from the red herrings.
Episode 6:Undesirable Elements
Fisher signs Crabbe up for what seems like a wild goose chasea project to improve police relations with the public. Meanwhile, Crabbe also investigates the supposedly accidental death of an Indian businessman that may have been racially motivated.
Episode 7:Passion Fruit Fool
With Fisher on vacation, Crabbe has a whole week off to work on his menus. But cooking takes second place when his ex-con sous-chef gets arrested. Soon he’s also looking into the disappearance of the girlfriend of a family friend.
Episode 8:A Matter of Taste
Crabbe investigates a smash and grab at a wine merchant’s warehouse and discovers that his own restaurant is being targeted in a more indirect way. Things get personal after Margaret encounters the villains face to face.
Episode 9:Who Only Stand and Wait
When a farmer discovers the remains of a young French woman murdered 18 years earlier, Crabbe reopens one of his and Fisher’s old cases. Doubt starts to fall on the conviction of a farm laborer serving a life sentence for the killing.
Episode 10:Endangered Species
Crabbe is called on to arrest conservation activists suspected of interfering with the construction of a new highway. Things take a strange twist when thugs start intimidating the activists. After Fisher learns that Crabbe’s wife supports the conservationists, he uses the case as a test of his inspector’s loyalty.
Discs 4-6 (Series 2)
Episode 1:Hard Cheese
A peeping tom peeps one time too manyon the wife of a senior police officer, no lessand ACC Fisher calls on Crabbe to make an arrest. Crabbe sniffs out a suspect, but the case starts to crumble after he learns that the man has more on his plate than mere peeping.
Episode 2:Brown Bread
Crabbe experiences the restaurateur’s worst nightmare when a customer dies in the restroom. Things get even more complicated when the body disappears. Crabbe and Sergeant Cambridge manage to track down the man’s relatives, but they soon realize that the deception has only just begun.
Episode 3:The Policeman’s Daughter
ACC Fisher orchestrates a police drug raid on a home where his own estranged daughter is partying with friends. The young woman goes missing soon after, and Fisher gives Crabbe the job of tracking her down.
Episode 4:The One That Got Away
When an old friend is arrested for murdering his fiancée, Crabbe and wife Margaret smell something fishy. Even after the man breaks down and confesses to the crime, Crabbe suspects a conspiracy, pinning his hopes on scant evidence.
Episode 5:Dead Right
A celebrated psychic starts to get death threats from an unknown source. Pressured to investigate, ACC Fisher foists the case onto Crabbe. As the detective closes in on a solution for the psychic, she in turn begins to solve a case for him.
Episode 6:Black Pudding
Elderly and ornery, Hilary Smallwood is a food writer whom Crabbe regards highly. Her nephew is also very admiringof her estate, which he believes will fetch a fortune. He’s desperate to get his hands on her unpublished memoirs, but she resists his efforts.
Episode 7:Swan in His Pride
When the body of a young policewoman is fished out of the river, Crabbe delves into her last assignment. She had gone undercover to befriend the prime suspect in a murder case, even becoming romantically involved with him. Crabbe’s investigation, however, encounters opposition from the other detectives.
Episode 8:The Mild Bunch
Two senior citizen sisters launch a crime spree around town, aided and abetted by their nephew and his girlfriend. More of a danger, though, is a wheelchair-bound police officer, armed with a gun and awaiting the prison release of the man who shot him. Crabbe strives to solve one crime and prevent another.
Episode 9:The Mystery of Pikey
When a wealthy customer’s home is robbed while he and his family dine at the restaurant, suspicion falls on a young motorcycle rider. The teenager has a history of run-ins with the law, but Crabbe suspects that the burglary might have been an inside job.
Episode 10:Lemon Twist
After a leading food critic writes a good review, business takes off at Pie in the Sky. Margaret makes a few changes at the restaurant while Crabbe attends a three-day management development seminar. However, they may pay a price for success.
Discs 7-8 (Series 3)
Episode 1:Money Talks
Understaffed at the restaurant and under pressure from ACC Fisher for quick results on a surveillance case, Crabbe finds an out-of-work chef who may solve both his problems. The death of an arch criminal also gives him hope that early retirement is just a bit nearer.
Episode 2:Game Pie
ACC Fisher attends a pheasant shoot with fellow senior officers, and Crabbe handles the catering for the event. When Fisher fires a shot at a low-flying bird that appears to kill one of the estate hands, Crabbe is ordered to investigate.
Episode 3:Irish Stew
An American writer marries into a boisterous Irish family, who book Pie in the Sky for the wedding feast. After the author’s briefcase is stolen from his hotel room, Crabbe learns that the new husband has lost documents that he very much wants to keep secret.
Episode 4:Doggett’s Coat and Badge
At a celebratory lunch for a retiring police officer (alas, not Crabbe), DCI Doggett takes a keen interest in a fellow diner, one of the restaurant’s regulars. Intrigued, Crabbe decides to look into the link between the two men.
Episode 5:This Other Eden
Someone is stealing trees and shrubs from the yards of wealthy homes in the area. The police call in the National Horticultural Division, but Crabbe has an inside track for finding the green-thumbed thieves.
Episode 6:Coddled Eggs
Everywhere he turns, Crabbe feels bossed around. An officious food inspector tells him he must improve hygiene standards at Pie in the Sky or be shut down. And at his other job, Det. Supt. Chalmers dictates how to run his investigation of a stolen car ring.
Discs 9-10 (Series 4)
Episode 1:Devils on Horseback(Part One)
A day at the races for the Crabbes turns sour when a stable boy is found dead. The murder investigation focuses on Larkhill Stables, run by the ill-tempered Tony Bishop, and Bishop’s Cider, run by his brother, Bob.
Episode 2:Devils on Horseback(Part Two)
A second tragedy spurs on the race to catch the killer, and Margaret finds herself in the thick of it.
Episode 3:Chinese Whispers
A series of attacks on a local Chinese restaurant seems like a case of racial prejudice, but Crabbe suspects other forces are at play. Meanwhile, Pie in the Sky enters the Great British Grub Competition.
Episode 4:New Leaf
Crabbe must guard a key witness until she can testify against her crime-boss husband in court. By taking on the assignment, however, the inspector makes an enemy of the police officer who had been running the case.
Episode 5:Breaking Bread
To Crabbe’s dismay, a new catering company wins the franchise for the police canteen. But someone hates the caterer even more than he doesand is sabotaging its operations to put it out of business.
Episode 6:Gary’s Cake
After armed robbers raid Pie in the Sky, the investigating detective suspects an inside job. ACC Fisher seeks to head off any potentially embarrassing press coverage, while Crabbe decides to carry out his own investigation.
Discs 11-13 (Series 5)
Episode 1:Squashed Tomatoes
Crabbe gets pulled away from his kitchen to provide security for a new housing development being targeted by angry area residents. Back at Pie in the Sky, one of the ingredients of Crabbe’s salads also appears to be flouting the law.
Episode 2:Ugly Customers
Crabbe and his colleagues are assigned the task of protecting the jury from intimidation during a well-connected financier’s trial. Soon, another legal case looms as one of the restaurant’s customers threatens to press a charge of his own.
Episode 3:Pork Pies
While investigating animal-rights activists who are protesting at a local meat factory, Crabbe makes a surprising discovery about what goes into the company’s signature sausages. Margaret suspects deception of another sort when a rich widow falls for a dashing young pilot.
Episode 4:Cutting the Mustard
A senior police officer’s son is being bullied at his boarding school, and he tells Fisher to look into it. Fisher passes the case on to Crabbe and, for some reason, insists he doesn’t mention Fisher’s name at the school.
Episode 5:Return Match
A private security firm seems remarkably well informed about ongoing crime, and Crabbe suspects it’s benefiting from inside information. Suspicion falls on a detective with shady connections and a drinking problembut Fisher is more interested in recruiting the man for the police soccer team.
Episode 6:The Apprentice
Crabbe gives a teenager a part-time job at Pie in the Sky, but money goes missing from the cash register and the boy disappears soon after. The detective discovers that the youth is mixed up with a gang of violent thugs the police have been chasing.
Episode 7:In the Smoke
The Crabbes take a getaway to London and stay at the apartment of a well-heeled ex-policeman who’s out of town. After hearing a disturbing message on the man’s answering machine, Margaret starts to worry about his well-being.
Episode 8:Smelling of Roses
Crabbe is losing his sense of taste and smell, but hasn’t yet lost his nose for the truth. When Fisher orders him to investigate a wealthy businessman for no apparent reason, Crabbe begins to smell a rat.