"In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, Professor Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament. At first glance, the village he s come to canvass appears perfectly peaceful, with helpful inhabitants, a delightful inn and rustic charm. But Fen soon discovers that appearances can be deceptive- someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. Anyone who comes close to uncovering the blackmailer s identity is swiftly dispatched. As the joys of politics wear off, Fen sets his mind to the mystery but finds himself caught up in a tangled tale of eccentric psychiatrists, escaped lunatics, beautiful women and lost heirs."