(From the publisher):
For centuries the parish church has been the focal point for many activities within a village and Aidensfield is no exception.
In this latest collection of tales from the North Yorkshire moorland community of Aidensfield, now famous for its portrayal in Heartbeat, we meet people from the pews; Catholics, Anglicans and those from other faiths unite to cause work for the village constable.
PC Nick and Sergeant Blaketon find themselves perambulating the parish boundaries, and the vicar upsets the villagers by charging everyone for repairs to the chancel - non-Christians and others besides. Then Nick discovers there's an ancient law which says it is hisduty to collect the money.
The vicar's wife appears to be having an affair with a Borstal trainee, Claude Jermiah Greengrass brews some ale to celebrate a society wedding at which the chief constable is a guest, a baby is abandoned outside the Catholic church and there are problems with a graveyard-mowing sheep who doesn't like to hear swear-words. Nick tries to prevent a family researcher from unearthing some unpalatable truths about an ancestor, there's a mysterious death during a sword dance and, when the vicar decides to hold a service for working animals, Greengrass claims that Alfred is a guard dog.
Original title: Constable About the Parish
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives