They had explored every avenue, and it seemed that murder was their only salvation.Reggie and Midge, genteel husband and wife who live in what was the family's more or less stately home, are w the reluctant managers of Chortlesby Mar Hotel, an English country inn of particular distinction. But even this transformation will t solve their financial problems. The possibility of succor comes instead in a transatlantic phone call from Midge's old classmate, Victoria, who is arranging mystery tours of the English countryside for American visitors and wants to use Chortlesby Mar as one of the locales of her staged murders.From the beginning, the mystery tour project is heading for disaster. Dissension, complaints, and shows of temperament abound. These are upstaged, however, by a swstorm of paralyzing amplitude, which in turn is upstaged when a real murder takes front and center.As a killer stalks this group of amateur sleuths on holiday, solving murders is longer fun and games. Too many guests are checking out early from this eerie old English mansion. They're t settling their bills--or leaving eugh useful clues.