Francis Pettigrew and his wife Eleanor return. Pettigrew has retired and moved to the village of Yew Hill-and the village personalities provide he and his sophisticated wife with gentle entertainment-until the murder.
"Francis Pettigrew and his wife, Eleanor, have settled comfortably into the country life at Yew Hill, Markshire. Although local society does seem to have more than its fair share of intrigue and gossip, the Pettigrews can afford to take a somewhat amused and indulgent attitude toward their neighbors--until one of them, the sweet old dear Mrs. Pink, is viciously murdered. Pettigrew springs into action to hunt for the perpetrator of this grisly crime."