When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway�s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she�s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus P�nd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan�s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job. Conway�s latest tale has Atticus P�nd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she�s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.