By Michael Innes
Appleby's finish used to be the identify of the station the place Detective Inspector John Appleby received off the teach from Scotland backyard. yet that used to be no longer the one twist of fate. every little thing that occurred from then on comparable again to tales by means of Ranulph Raven, Victorian novelist - animals have been changed by means of marble effigies, anyone acquired a tombstone telling him while he might die, and a servant was once discovered buried as much as his neck in snow, useless. Why did Ranulph Raven's mysterious descendants make one of these aspect of inviting Appleby to spend the evening at their house?