Nigel Strangeways is investigating who might have altered a proof copy of General Thoresby's memoirs, resulting in a libel case against the prestigious publishing firm, Wenham and Geraldine. Matters worsen when the flamboyant romance novelist, Millicent Miles, is murdered one evening in the publisher's office. End of Chapter (1957) finds Strangeways once again drawn into a homicide case.
Strangeways is at home in this traditional, English publishing firm as he is a successful poet, not unlike the author himself, Cecil Day-Lewis (writing as Nicholas Blake) who served as poet laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972. The chapter titles are appropriately selected from editing terms like setup, first impression, run on, delete, lower case, transpose, etc.
End of Chapter is a good example of a Nigel Strangeways mystery. The characters are well-educated and the dialogue is urbane. The solution involves untangling complex relationships and integrating clues from the past. The solution is not altogether surprising, but it is not obvious either.