Young Jamie Cruickshank, a barman at 'The Maid In Splendour' pub is murdered by a shotgun blast after following Bella Monday, one of the pub's barmaids, to an old cottage. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the killing at all and Barnaby is somewhat stumped. Fortunately for him, his old friend Dr. George Bullard, one of the best of the recurring characters in the series, uses this pub as his 'local' and is able to offer Tom some helpful personal insight into the people and the staff who frequent 'The Maid'.
When another death, this time that of the son of the landlord of the pub occurs in the same way, Barnaby begins to wonder who or what is the connection.
There are a few twists in this one which I won't spoil by going any further but I think you'll enjoy it, particularly the end.