“When Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh takes a well-deserved holiday to visit his Aunt in the beautiful writers’ retreat of Monksmere, the last thing he wants to do is solve a murder… luckily for us, he doesn’t get the relaxing break he’d hoped for! I love P.D. James’s crime novels – clever & astute with a wry humour, this is my favourite one… I think…” Bob.
Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh has been looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt’s cottage on Monksmere Head, one of the furthest-flung spots on the remote Suffolk coast. With nothing to do other than enjoy long windswept walks, tea in front of a crackling wood fire and hot-buttered toast, Dalgliesh is relishing the thought of a well-earned break. However, all hope of peace is soon shattered by murder.
The mutilated body of a local crime writer, Maurice Seaton, floats ashore in a dinghy, dragging Adam Dalgliesh into a new and macabre investigation.