'A rival for M.C. Beaton' Frost Magazine. December 1939. With Britain at war, Inspector Betty Church hunts a dangerous enemy... Sackwater Police Station feels a million miles from the war effort. Elderly Mr Orchard keeps wandering off in his pyjamas, little Sylvia Satin is having a birthday party, and a bookmark has been reported stolen. Inspector Betty Church ? one of the few female officers on the force ? is longing for something to get her teeth into... When a bomb is dropped on Sackwater, it seems the war has finally reached them. But Betty can't stop Adolf, however hard she tries. So when a dead man is found on the beach, she concentrates on hunting an enemy much closer to home. 'Eccentric and entertaining with a nicely complex plot' Crime Review. 'A wonderfully gripping old-fashioned murder mystery' The Lady.