As sweet and comfortably domestic as a murder mystery can be. When the Honorable Daisy Dalyrmple visits a school chum's ancestral home to write a magazine article, she does not expect to find a roiling mess of emotions and secrets. The earl's new wife is young, beautiful, and clearly caught up in something with the underhanded Lord Stephen. And when Lord Stephen is found dead, everyone is a suspect.
Daisy and her new friend, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, try to sort out the tangled loyalties and motives, and while they do so each finds themselves quite attracted by the other. An unprompted confession and explanation later, the story ends, leaving readers with the memory of some lovable characters and a well-wrought snapshot of 1920s Britain.