"Just lean back and enjoy a romp through a genre that is cosily British."
The Cotswold village of Thirk Magna eagerly awaits a visit by the local bishop, Peter Salvey-Hinkley. The bell ringers of St Ethelred's especially, as they've put together a special peal for the occasion. The bishop is a handsome, sexually attractive man, and, of course, Agatha initially falls for him. However, this doesn't last for long, and she eventually decides (paid for by a bell ringer called Julian Brody) to investigate the mysterious disappearance some years before of heiress Jennifer Toynby, the bishop's fiancée. Is she dead? Did the money-mad bishop murder her?
The ringleaders (if that's the right word) of the bell ringers are the haughty twins Millicent and Mavis Dupin, who lord it over the village from the grand . But when Millicent is murdered in her own home by a blow from a hammer, Agatha has more than the missing fiancée to occupy her mind. Then the body count starts mounting. Something is going on, and Agatha is convinced that the bishop, ably assisted by dean of his cathedral, and mixed up on it all. But alas, her enthusiasm stalls when another man enters her life, and she finds that, for the first time, she is experiencing real love. But there is still James Lacey, her ex-husband, living next door to her, and Sir Charles Fraith, with whom she is in lust, to deal with.