Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan of the Calleshire CID is used to the occasional oddity in his relatively quiet part of the English countryside. But lately things have taken a strange turn. First, in the center of a yew maze that is the showpiece of the Tudor-era house, Aumerle Court, a body is spotted by Miss Daphne Pedlings, the elderly chatelaine of the Court. by the time the groundskeeper actually makes it to the center, he, too, spies the body, and it is indeed dead.
Meanwhile, a few miles away, a slaughtered rabbit is left on the Bishop's doorstep in nearby Calleford, an omen as portentous as the body in the maze. Now Inspector Sloan, with the somewhat trying personage of Constable Crosby in tow, must uncover what precisely is going on as they launch an investigation with more twists and turns than the maze itself.
It's really too bad neither Inspector Sloan, Constable Crosby and Dr. Dilys Chomel don't remember each other from #17 Stiff News where they first ran across each other in the course of Sloan's investigation of several death's in the hospital where she was working. She was interviewed several times by Sloan & Crosby but now they don't know each other? Oops!
I'm currently reading Califia's Daughters by Leigh Richards (Laurie King) and will be starting #20 Chapter and Hearse and Other Mysteries after I get some sleep!