I think this book is the last in the Mitchell and Markby series as it was released in 2004 and no new books in this series have come out since. That's not to say it's the last of Ann Granger's books or series, as she has many other series in her backlist. I must say I'm sorry to see the end of Meredith and Alan Markby. I have enjoyed them and their sleuthing as well as their rather complicated and prolonged love life. At the end of this book, they are happily looking forward to their marriage and to their new home at the old vicarage. But first they have to solve a crime that appears to start from poison pen letters and an old 25-year-old murder that was never solved. Markby is asked by Meredith to look into the letters that have been sent to Alison Jenner, but before they can get very far forward with that, one of the members of the Jenner household is found dead face down in their ornamental pond. It soon becomes apparent that the old case is still very much in someone's mind, Dirt has be dug up, hatchets have to be buried, and the police need to take a fresh look at an old case before this one can be closed. I'm going to miss the Village of Bamford, and I'm going to miss Meredith and Alan - two of the most likeable sleuths out there.