A thief has been stealing jewellery from some of the Big Houses in County Kingworthy, earning himself the nickname Pegasus due to his propensity for disappearing as though on swift wings.
Invalided out of the Army, the Earl of Castleford now spends his time rearing pigeons. But his pigeons are being killed – why, and by whom?
In the village of Clyst St James, Gertrude Harrington is looking forward to her 60th birthday. She is taking on the running of the local Tea Room, a fresh start that she hopes will help to erase painful memories.
Meanwhile, Gertrude’s niece, Juliet, newly engaged to Herbert Carter, is distraught when her fiancé disappears, and when Gertrude discovers a pouch filled with diamonds and a dead body, the local police believe the disparate events are connected, and the elusive Herbert becomes their chief suspect.
Gertrude is unconvinced of Herbert’s guilt and decides to investigate.
And then a second body is discovered…
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