Anthony Bathurst loves reading detective fiction... And he believes the knowledge derived from his study has given him the abilities to solve crimes as well as Scotland Yard. When he is invited to Sir Charles Considine's annual Cricket Week house party he gets his chance. In the early hours of the morning, family and guests at Considine Manor are awoken by a woman's screams. A maid has found one of the other guests dead, in the Billiard Room with a dagger protruding from his neck. Or was he strangled? And what has become of Lady Considine's pearls?