No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency meets The Durrells in 1950s Devon.
'There you have it -' Miss Dimont smiled and, lifting her dark glasses, turned to face the trainee reporter '- in a nutshell. A mystery death. Needs looking into, wouldn't you say?'
Death stalks the beaches of Devon.
With its pale, aquamarine waters and golden sands, the shoreline at Temple Regis was a sight to behold. But when an unidentifiable body is found there one morning, the most beautiful beach in Devon is turned into a crime scene.
For Miss Dimont - ferocious defender of free speech, champion of the truth and ace newspaperwoman for The Riviera Express - this is a case of paramount interest, and the perfect introduction for her young new recruit Valentine Waterford. Even if their meddling is to the immense irritation of local copper Inspector Topham....
Soon Miss Dimont and Valentine are deep in investigation - why can nobody identify the body, and why does Topham suspect murder? And when a second death occurs, can the two possibly be connected?