The church of St. Ethelred in the village of Thirk Magna is renowned for its team of bell-ringers, the troupe led by identical twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin. Mavis and Millicent are lifelong residents of the remote village-or were, until their home is broken into one night, and Millicent is murdered. But who's the killer? Is it one of their coworkers, sick of being bullied to practice for a big performance? Or perhaps Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer who was heard threatening to strangle the sisters?
Kennell swears his innocence and hires the ever-trusty (if often tipsy) Agatha Raisin to clear his name. Only she can find the killer—and hopefully a handsome man to buy her dinner while she's at it.