The floors of the Stately Homes of England have been littered with corpses for many years. Blood has run over library carpets, cyanide has mingled with the vintage port, and the silver fish-knives have seen much service as stilettos. Stately Homicide sees murder once again stalking an ancestral home - but in the year 1952. and with a difference. When the dowager Marchioness of Tranby summons Ronald Anglesea, the private investigator with the impeccable manners and flamboyant tastes, to Tranby Castle, his terms of reference are vague. "There's something odd going on," she says, "something underhand. Find out what it is." Many odd things happen, but which of them is the one the dowager dislikes so much? Anglesea's casual questioning soon brings some strange things to light, and murder follows. An exciting investigation, which leads to a startling climax, is accompanied by some uproarious moments of farce. George Milner's first essay in murder displays a rare sense of style combined with a wit which makes Stately Homicide consistently entertaining.