Beautiful, spoilt Selina Marsh-Hayden and her childhood friend, plain and practical Judith Delves, have worked together to make their restaurant Cafi de la Paix a stunning success. So successful, in fact, that outside parties have begun to take an interest. Brian Rubin wants to buy them up to add to his own chain of restaurants, and Selina and her shareholders - her near-bankrupt husband Richard, Judith's lover Michael and debt-ridden chef Tony Gallagher - want to sell. But Selina backs down mid-negotiations and deadlock is reached. Then she is found strangled, and suddenly it seems that Cafi de la Paix has become an asset worth killing for. There is no shortage of suspects, but DCS John McLeish and his strong-minded wife Francesca must investigate a fire, an attempted murder and evidence of financial and sexual indiscretions at the restaurant before the truth can finally be revealed.