Members of a large and widespread Scottish family are brought together at a highland castle in order to resolve various pieces of family business following a death. Suspicious events soon begin to occur, the body count rises, and a verdict of suicide is not necessarily to be trusted. Enter the gargantuan Doctor Gideon Fell, who applies his substantial powers of deduction to the problem of how men can be indirectly murdered while they're inside locked, sealed and inaccessible rooms.
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Angus Campbell, after heavily insuring his life with a policy containing a suicide clause, deliberately threw himself from the top window of his old house in Argyllshire and committed suicide. But no one could believe this was true. Then came another suicide, and another, though by this time Dr Fell believed it was murder.… (more)