St Cedd's Church fête has been held in the grounds of Martingale manor
house for generations. As if organising stalls, as well as presiding over
luncheon, the bishop and the tea tent, were not enough for Mrs Maxie on
that mellow July afternoon, she also has to contend with the news of her
son's sudden engagement to her new parlour maid, Sally Jupp. On the
following morning the village are shocked by the discover of Sally's body.
Investigating the violent death at the manor house, Detective Chief-
Inspector Adam Dalgliesh is embroiled in the complicated passions beneath
the calm surface of English village life.

P. D. James—Cover Her Face

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