Travelling cook Jenny Starling lands a summer job catering for the conference trade at a prestigious Oxford college, but she doesn’t expect murder to be on either the menu or the syllabus. An unpopular member of a taxidermy society is found dead, and Jenny is reluctantly persuaded by the college bursar to help the suspicious police solve the case. That’s easier said than done when nobody has a particularly strong motive, and absolutely everybody seems to have an iron-clad alibi.
In the small Cotswold village of Heyford Bassett, vicar's wife Monica Noble throws a party for the village's new residents. The guests include Margaret Franklyn and her philandering husband, Sean, a celebrity chef; her cartoonist beau; a retired Oxford don with a secret; a 40-something divorcee; and the owner of a chain of gyms. A shotgun blast heralds the discovery of Margaret Franklyn's body, terrifying the community on whom, inevitably, suspicion falls.
When travelling cook Jenny Starling is asked to cater a birthday party for a pair of well-heeled twins, she doesn’t expect to find herself in the midst of a shocking murder. However, when she does, she is compelled to uncover the truth. When it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn’t going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect – and she won’t stop until the real culprit is found….