Although Detective Constable Ben Jones was first introduced in Episodes 44 "The House in the Woods", it wasn't until Episode 57 in season 10, "King's Crystal" that he was identified as a freemason. Unremarked, he exchanges a faux masonic handshake with Charles King when they first meet. [00:22:20] Later, when Jones returns to his office and hands Barnaby a file folder, he reports:
"Charles King. He's Mister Clean. Not even a speeding ticket. Director of several companies, spotless credit check. He's divorced and recently remarried."
Barnaby: "And he's a mason."
Jones: "You spotted the handshake."
Barnaby: "Yes, I did." [00:25:00]
Jones: "I think I should tell you I once was a member of the masons."
Barnaby: ""Were you?"
Jones: "Yes sir, Causton Lodge. Thought it might help with my promotion."
Barnaby: "You never know. Policemen, masons, there's always the perception of divided loyalty, isn't there? "But your masonic membership may come in useful in this one."
Jones: "If it takes us there, fine by me."
Later, when the murder weapon is found, Jones identifies it.
Among numerous references, the following stand out:
In a moment of perhaps unintentional humour, James Taylor is noted to work for "Monumental Masons". [00:23:40]
In the episode's closing scene, after Charles King has been identified as the murderer of both his brother and his nephew, Jones presents Barnaby with his own masonic dagger:
Jones: "It's the one I got when I joined the lodge. No use to me now. The brotherhood have me down as a traitor." Barnaby: "They slice out traitor's tongues, don't they? And bury them at low tide, I believe."
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