DC Finn is feeling well pleased. He's looking after his mate, Leslie, who's getting married the following morning.They are out on the town, making the most of Leslie's 'freedom' - but in the process Les causes a breach of the peace.
When an old-age pensioner is badly beaten for a few pence, and a wealthy landowner is robbed of some valuable antiques. DS Smith reflects that though neither would understand the other's loss - justice for both is equal.
When Bobby Dawes, a big-time crook with a reputation to uphold, is released from prison and returns to Broadstone, DS Smith gets set to prevent the crime he's convinced will take place. The question is what stroke will Dawes pull?
Assigned to investigate the evidence of his old friend Bert Jackson, a security officer who says he neither saw nor heard the thieves who tried to rob his employers, PC Pooley draws some uncomfortable conclusions about himself,
A bit of a villain he may be, but Charlie is everybody's friend. You're never short of a laugh or a joke whenever Charlie's around, but this time it appears he's gone to far - and his family need police assistance.
The friendly association between solicitor Jimmy Briggs and DS Smith is severely strained when Briggs' stepdaughter is accused of organism a series of shoplifting offense's, Smith has concrete evidence - but the Briggs family close ranks to give the girl an alibi.
When DS Smith receives a Scotland Yard tip-off that two London villains are on their way to Broadstone - intentions unknown - he sets in motion a chain of events that the citizens of the town will find it hard to forget.
When Ken Ridgeway's father dies, he corners under heavy pressure to leave the force, enter the family business, and marry his girlfriend Brenda. Meantime DS Smith has his hands full with problems of his own.
DS Smith and his boys have to deal with all kinds of villainy - but the latest outbreak of 'crime' has them well and truly puzzled. It appears that a new gang of villains have entered their patch - seven young kids.