A tepid new installment in the sopay adventures of long-separated Virginia and Felix Freer (Frog in the Throat, etc.). Virginia, living in suburban Allingford, is shocked by the murder of Marcus Avery--who, with reticent wife Rose, had recently opened a local gift shop. Meanwhile, Felix, in their old London apartment, has a murder on his doorstep--that of gentle, retired neighbor Lilian Pace. And connections between the deaths do surface--involving a nasty silversmith, a couple with a revenge-motive against Avery, a philanthropist in love with widow Rose, and even the police sergeant who lives in Felix's house. The sleuthing Freers hash over lots of red herrings at numbing length--while Felix tries to run a marriage bureau and Virginia muses over marrying Dr. Tom Dancy. But the crucial (drug-trade) connection comes too late to save this contrived, pallid story--an off-day entry from veteran Ferrars.