DCI Julie Ashton arrives at her new posting. She is booked into a hotel, and as she is settling in, her phone rings, alerting her to a suspicious death.
Lady Sophie Mac Adams has collapsed at a dinner party having been poisoned.
Julie needs to work out if she was the intended victim? Was her husband to blame to avoid a divorce settlement? Was it to do with the re-opening of the local quarry, which she was in favour of? How could the murderer know she would taste the wine, and not her husband, unless it was her husband. Or was he the intended victim?
Mr. Morris was next, again with poison, a womanâ€™s weapon. He was also in favour of re-opening the mine, was this the motive?
The next victim was shot, which added to the confusion. Why change the MO? It is not unknown, but not normal, and to go from a female choice, to a male choice, very unusual. To add to the confusion, he was against re-opening the mine. Now, even the motive was blurred.
Can DCI Ashton pick through all the contradictory facts to solve the crime, or is it the one that got away?