Suzie Colebrook is electrocuted by a roulette wheel sent to her house. She was the legal executor and supposed lover of thriller writer George Summersbee whose Jed Dagger novels she also illustrated. At the same time a newly discovered manuscript by George of an unpublished Dagger story is stolen from Suzie's home. A local crime fiction festival is going on, run by Maggie Markham, whose doctor husband Nick Summersbee has written his brother George's biography whilst George's daughter Bella, rather than estranged wife Jeanie, is his sole heir. Following a second murder Barnaby finds out that both were copied from killings in a Dagger novel though the victim was a stranger to Suzie. There are a number of people anxious for different reasons to locate the missing manuscript but there are also suggestions that it is a fake. Furthermore there are differing accounts of George's death. Barnaby has to resort to the printed page to solve the mystery of the Dagger club.
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Una Stubbs and Ed Birch also appeared in the BBC Sherlock episode, "Sign of Three" See more
One victim is crushed to death in a printing press, resulting in text being printed neatly all over his face and body. However, as the press closed it would not be able to print text cleanly and exactly around the curvature of his head and body. Instead, the body would show signs of extensive crush injuries and the printed text would be distorted round the curves. See more
Miles, you back?
[she see the mess and checks a desk drawer then dials 999
What service do you require?
I'd like to report a break-in.
Written by Jim Parker See more