(From the publisher):
Deep in the heart of "Hound of the Baskervilles" country lies Washford, a village of granite and slate which looks as if it has grown out of the moor. Close by is Ashill House, the home of the Beales, an odd, reclusive family: old Simon has withdrawn from active life; Nicholas and Gertrude confine themselves respectively to war games and the bottle; young Edward takes long painting expeditions on the moor. Only Gertrude's husband, Frank, has enough drive to keep the family business running.
When the village lay-about is murdered, shot at his squalid cottage with a Beretta, there is no immediate reason to connect the crime with the Beales. Until Chief Superintendent Wycliffe's investigation takes him on a hunt for skeletons in cupboards — or in archives...
Original title: Wycliffe and the Beales
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural