When Tom Kenyon's investigation into the disappearance of a young girl is linked to Detective Inspector Felse's enquiry into a death, the subsequent search takes the two men along a trail of betrayal, robbery and murder to a deadly confrontation among the ancient stones of Hallowmount.
When an old grave reveals two bodies, neither of whom are named on the tombstone, Detective Inspector George Felse is once again called upon to investigate a trail of violence in Maymouth's history that casts shadows centuries long.
When Herbert Terrell falls off a mountain during his annual climbing holiday in in Czechoslovakia, accidental death seems the inevitable verdict. But Terrell's young step-daughter Theodosia is not convinced and feels compelled to find out more.
After being ignored on her birthday by both her husband and son, Bunty Felse decides to visit a local pub. At the end of the evening she accepts a lift home from a morose young man who is convinced his life is over. And it may mean Bunty's life is over too.
No sooner than a late-Gothic, oak door is returned to its rightful place at Mottisham village church, there is a body to go with it: a news photographer is found dead at the threshold, his hand extended to its great cast iron knocker.
When the crushed body of the unpopular nouveau riche antiques magnate Arthur Rainbow is found in the local graveyard, it falls upon Superintendent George Felse, newly promoted head of the Midshire CID, to solve this most perplexing murder.