Sir Freddy Butler uses the occasion of a local festival to invite his extended family to an elaborate dinner at his large estate under the pretext of making a special announcement. Included are two ex-wives, his current wife, two sons, and his eccentric brother. However, Sir Freddy collapses and dies as he begins to address his guests, presumably for natural. When his last will and testament is stolen from his solicitor's office, and a duplicate copy is incinerated after an arsonist burns down the lawyer's house, Barnaby is faced with a half dozen suspects, all of whom had a motive for murder. Written by
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Barnaby says to be careful and not drop the emeralds, because they will shatter, and Lucinda says that emeralds don't shatter. Actually, real emeralds can break and even shatter if struck in just the right manner. They have tiny, hairline cracks in them that can expand with improper care which heightens the possibility of breakage. See more
I killed Sandra.
Lady Tara Butler
DCI Tom Barnaby
And why, why would you do that?
Because she was ghastly, and I'm an awfully good shot.