A leisurely study of a High Church congregation that, despite its London locale, contains all the stalwarts of the vintage village-mystery--the choirmaster who panders to a wealthy older woman; the lovelorn spinster schoolteacher; the former Wing Commander; several inveterate gossips; a lovely vicar's wife; an eloquent vicar (with a secret); one blackmailer; one thief; and one murderer. Father Gabriel, with a variety of homosexual liaisons before he turned 30 and married Emily, turns to former lover David Middleton-Brown when someone sends him an anonymous letter and insists he resign--and this just when he's in line to be named the Area Archdeacon! David, alas, between polite teas with Lady Constance, the church's grand patroness, and walks in Kensington Gardens with warm, sensitive Lucy, continually guesses wrong, leading to the death of nasty-tongued Mavis at a church fete. Eventually all comes clear, and everyone--save the blackmailer- -survives. An impossibly corny ending, but a pleasant debut nonetheless.