From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English
manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments
his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Tiring of this
device, the portly patriarch decides to weave a malicious twist into his
well-worn plot. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces
his latest blow, a secret elopement with the beautiful Violet, who was once
suspected of murdering her husband.
Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is
found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. Since Ruthven is generally hated, no
one seems too surprised or upset, least of all his cold-blooded wife Lillian.
When Detective Chief Inspector St. Just is brought in to investigate, he meets
with a deadly calm that goes beyond the usual English reserve. And soon Sir
Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk, an ornate knife thrust
into his heart. Trapped amid leering gargoyles and stone walls, every member of
the family is a likely suspect. Using a little Cornish brusqueness and brawn,
can St. Just find the killer before the next-in-line to the family fortune ends
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