A leisurely saga chronicling the lives of Feringham's solid, upper-class George and Susan Vaughn, their adopted son Malcolm, daughter Louise, and lifelong friend Norah Tyler--who'd come to Susan's mother as a child refugee from London's wartime blitz and, over time, had developed other, secret ties to the family. Norah had long been settled in London when Louise, working in London but living at home, vanished one night after a rehearsal with the Feringham Choral Society. The police, headed by Detective Sergeant Marsh, get nowhere, finding not a trace of Louise, dead or alive. Fifteen years later, Susan's autocratic mother had died; Susan and George have moved into her smaller home on the estate, selling most of the land. Meanwhile, Malcolm has started yet another business--used cars this time after a sojourn in Australia, a failed marriage, endless affairs, and numerous bailouts by his mother. Norah has retired to live with and take care of the Vaughns. Sergeant Marsh, now Detective-Inspector, has recently returned to the area--still fretting over Louise's unsolved disappearance and still unofficially probing--when new and tragic events bring back the past and provide a downbeat, ironic end to another of the author's literate, perceptive stories (Crime in Question, etc.,). This one, with a minimum of both mystery and detection, may appeal most to readers of romances.