Peter and Ellie take a holiday in the Cotswold village of Thornton Lacey to stay with old college friends,one of whom,author Colin Hopkins has written a new book - one which gives a thinly veiled account of some of the villagers' dark secret. When Colin's wife is murdered and Colin disappears Peter investigates,though his help is not entirely appreciated by local superintendent Backhouse. At the same time Peter finds a connection with a thief nicknamed the Micturator after his habit of urinating in victims' kettles.
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[a thief has broken into an old lady's house and stolen her collection of "nice Yorkshire stones"; he has also urinated in her kettle
Mr Dalziel, I can see why this thief would take my collection, but why would he want to, er, wee-wee in my kettle?