Albert Campion and his wife, with their small so,n are spending time in Suffolk in the country. Old William Faraday is dead, apparently of natural causes. Another man is dead too, and it was certainly murder. Mr Campion and his family are back in Pontisbright, along with Magersfontein Lugg and DCI Charles Luke who is recovering from an injury acquired in the course of duty. Campion’s glorious summer in Pontisbright is now blighted by death though… Danger is hardly unknown in this idyllic Suffolk village, but it is a less romantic peril than on Mr Campion’s first visit, more than twenty years ago.
Mr Campion’s friends Minnie and Tonker Cassands put on a cheerful face as they prepare for their annual party at Minnie’s house, The Beckoning Lady, but Minnie has serious problems with the Inland Revenue – and during this party a murder is discovered! Suspiciously the dead man in the ditch turns out to be a tax inspector – and Mr Campion has a formidable adversary in Superintendent Fred South of the Suffolk Police.
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