Dublin Murders episode 5 review

dublin murders episode 5 review

Still catching up on Dublin Murders episode 5? Read Steve’s review of episode 4 here.

Part of the enjoyment to be had from BBC One’s newest flagship crime drama Dublin Murders so far has been in the subtle chemistry between the show’s two lead detectives. Sarah Greene’s Cassie Maddox and Killian Scott’s Rob Reilly were, seemingly, a perfect fit. Both whip smart, both intuitive and both willing to ignore the rule book when needed, they’ve been quite the team so far.

The trouble is, they’re also both rather beautiful. So, somewhat inevitably, things got a little steamy between them in a previous episode and now here we are – a short while afterwards – with the two of them having fallen out and working different cases. Shame.

It was a bold move. We started with a strong pair of bonded and quite likeable pals as our guides through the story. We’ve since seen them wrenched apart and totally transformed. In Rob’s case, the investigation into Katy Devlin’s murder has dragged up his dark past and pushed him into unstable bully territory. As for Cassie? Well, her new undercover assignment is quite literally changing her into an entirely different person.

Rob’s unpleasant behaviour towards his (now former) partner isn’t his only crime. Here, The Detective Formerly Known as Adam was throwing his weight around in a sustained bid to make the evidence fit his main suspect, Cathal Mills. And that ain’t good detectiving no matter how sure you are of someone’s guilt.

Rob’s not likely to give up his theory that Cathal and Katy’s father Jonathan are involved after we were treated to a particularly beautiful and almost supernatural scene as our now solo detective finally overcame his fear and trudged back ‘In the Woods’ by himself. There, he retraced his steps as a child and went a little Swampy, hugging a tree and allowing the grand ol’ king of the forest to gift him back some of his lost memories…

He recalled being small and watching Cathal and Jonathan raping young Sandra Sculley while he and his two soon-to-be-disappeared friends watched on. They were witnesses to a crime Cathal would – understandably – not want exposed. So, Rob figures, he must be behind all of the nastiness in the woods.

Naturally, things won’t be quite as simple as that.

Tuesday evening’s sixth episode looks set to focus on Cassie’s infiltration of the student pile Whitethorn House, over in Wicklow. We’re all but guaranteed tension and style from this Lexie storyline that uses Tana French’s novel The Likeness as its source material. Detective Maddox is primed and ready to find out who killed Lexie, while pretending to actually be Lexie. With a gun strapped to her leg and two dozen bullets secreted in a box of Always Ultra.

Of course, it’s a plot development which requires the audience to suspend their disbelief just a wee bit. At least at this stage, anyway. But who knows? It may even turn out that Cassie is able to ape the personification of her alter ego so well because Lexie is, in fact, her real-life twin. Or maybe not, we’re not sure. That’s the thing about Dublin Murders – it keeps you guessing.

We’re certainly looking forward to part six, which looks set to be almost Agatha Christie-like – a detective enters an old country house to sift through a line-up of suspects and snaffle the killer, and luckily for us all, we’ve got Christie-adapting maestro Sarah Phelps on screenwriting duties here. Again, we’re sure the plot won’t be quite as simple as it sounds though, of course…

Because if we’ve learned anything from this confident, intriguing and unique Irish crime drama, it’s that investigating murders in Dublin is rarely ever straightforward.

Did you catch Dublin Murders episode 5? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Read Steve’s review of episode 6 here.

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  1. JanH says

    In the Woods and The Likeness were brilliant books. What a shame that the TV adaption has made such a pigs ear of them.

  2. sajd says

    I have not read the books but this was recommended to me. Well it ain’t The Wire or True Detective or Cardinal. The first four episodes seemed to be shaping you well as a detective thriller but then we entered reality suspension mode in episode 5 with the unbelievable “Lexi” sub plot. the acting is good but any plot credibility is shot through. i guess I will watch the last couple of episodes to see how they tie it up. 6/10