Gift inscription on ffep, price marked out on jacket, remainder mark on bottom edge.
"While the former Earl of Caverness, Melrose Plant, and his antiques-dealer friend Marshall Trueblood are in Venice hatching plots to get Vivian Rivington away from sunny Italy, it's a very rainy day in London's Camden Passage. Here, Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury meets a pretty widow named Jane Holdsworth and is drawn into a love affair both passionate and troubled, for the lady appears to be concealing something -- something about her past, something about her dead husband's family, something that ultimately puts Jury in harm's way. He finds himself, unaccountably, a suspect in a murder investigation.
Unable to leave London, but knowing that the Holdsworths are searching for someone to overhaul the library of Tarn House, Jury sends Plant to the Lake District to pose as an eccentric librarian. In the 'agoraphobic's paradise' of lakes and mountains, Melrose Plant loves his job: whether he's sitting in the scruffy Old Contemptibles pub; or being spied on by the little girl Millie; or conferring in a tree house . . . what might happen to the two children, favorites of rich old Adam Holdsworth . . . when he and the elegant Lady Cray can drive the staff crazy? Jury and Sergeant Wiggins finally join Melrose Plant at the Old Contemptibles, where they arrive at a solution that Jury detests, for no matter what he does, innocence will suffer."; Remainder; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall