After six gruelling months spent in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to her attractive neighbour, James Lacey. True, James is less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon consoled by a sensational murder.
The victim, found in a lonely field, is hiker Jessica Tartinck, who spent her life enraging wealthy landowners by insisting on her walking club's right to hike over their properties.
Agatha lures the reluctant James into helping with her informal investigation. Hope springs eternal in Agatha's breast, and she feels confident that the trail of a slippery killer may also be the road to love... or will it lead to even more deaths?