Did Sir Hugo shoot his neighbour? Farmer Harris has established cow sheds and pig pens near the entrance to Comfree Abbey, and Sir Hugo and his new wife Deborah fear the smell will put off their prospective guests when they open the Abbey as a superior private hotel. This venture is the only way they can afford to keep their home. Dodie Fanshaw is asked to help, and she investigates all the guests who were at the pheasant shoot when the fatality occurs. The police, however, seem to suspect Sir Hugo. The trouble is almost everyone at the shoot could have done it, as well as a few villagers who had their own quarrels with Farmer Harris.