Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh had been looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt's cottage on the Suffolk coast at Monksmere Head, where there is nothing to do other than enjoy long wind-swept walks and take tea and buttered toast in front of a crackling fire. But in this 1967 novel by grandmaster P.D. James—her third featuring Dalgliesh—all hope of peace is shattered by a brutal murder, when the mutilated body of crime writer Maurice Seaton is found adrift, apparently echoing a mystery of Seaton's own invention.
"From the moment a handless corpse in a neat city suit is found in a drifting dinghy off the East Coast, and we meet the ghastly members of a literary society, we're hooked."—Evening Standard (London)