This is the second in the series of books featuring the writer Josephine Tey. I've read the first, An Expert in Murder, and loved it.
This story takes place in Cornwall. Josephine has been invited for a holiday there by her friend Archie Penrose. Archie grew up in Cornwall, and his relatives still live on the family estate. The death of a popular young man, Harry Pinching, has thrown the local community into turmoil and Josephine and Archie soon become embroiled in the mystery surrounding his death.
I have to say I didn't enjoy this as much as the An Expert in Murder. I felt that it was less tightly written and plotted. I didn't feel that I got to know the characters very well. I think that the idea was to show how the pressures of a small community can lead to tragedy, but it just didn't work for me. Also there was a theme of incest, which I found quite disturbing.
Josephine and Archie's relationship seems to be slowly developing into something more than friendship. I do like those two characters, they're both quite worldly, but both rather reserved. And Archie's theatrical cousins, Lettice and Ronnie are good value, as they were in the first book.
I will definitely read the third in the series, but I was a bit disappointed with this one.