When antiquarian bookseller Dido Hoare gets called out in the middle of the night to release her ex-nanny Phyllis Digby from the bedroom where burglars have locked her up, more than Phyllis tumbles out of the closet. Why didn’t Phyllis’s absent husband Frank want the break-in reported to the police? Why do a pair of bobbies show up the next morning anyway? And what is Dido (Smoke Screen, 1999, etc.) to make of Frank’s return—as dead as he’d hoped his past to be?