Back cover: Former police inspector John Webber is enjoying his retirement in the small English village of Flaxfield when the irrepressible Lizzie Thomas, his housekeeper and companion, urges him back to work.
Jessica Elberg, wife of a wealthy industrialist, is dissatisfied with the police report on her parents' deaths. Master potter David Walton and his wife were walking on the beach of a French resort town when her dress went up in flames. Moments later the couple met their fiery end.
Mrs. Elberg thinks it was no accident, and Webber, investigating in London, is inclined to agree. But it's Lizzie, armed with a working knowledge of French and her own famous determination, who goes to France and accelerates the action and the suspense in this deliciously witty mystery.