Amateur sleuths Jude and Carole take on their third case when a terrible discovery is made in the cellar of a grand old house.
Grant and Kim Roxby had hoped that their first dinner party at Pelling House would make a favourable impression on their new neighbours. And the next day it's certainly the talk of Fedborough. Their guests - including the couple's old friend Jude - had been enjoying a pleasant meal before they were rudely interrupted by a gruesome discovery. A human torso hidden in the cellar.
Jude races home to Fethering and her friend Carole with the news. And soon the pair are back in Fedborough, questioning the locals. But they can't help but wonder why a town so notoriously distrustful of outsiders is proving so terribly amenable to their enquiries . . .