With a flavour of Agatha Christie, Murder for Murder has the feel of an old-fashioned whodunit.
Meet Jim Danzig, enquiry agent of Castletown, and his partner Judith Hare, who are called upon to investigate the death of 16-year-old Ryan Kelsall, a former pupil at the local independent Grammar School. A sad, rather inadequate youth, Kelsall met his death by a fall from the top of a deserted multi-storey car park in Castletown one Sunday morning. Suicide is the obvious explanation, and the police have written it off as such. However the method seems strange for someone terrified of heights. Two other people associated with the deceased also died recently in obscure circumstances. Is this a coincidence, or is there a more sinister explanation?
Enquiries by Danzig and Hare lead to their joining a local drama group run by former pupils and staff of Castletown Independent Grammar School, who are producing Measure for Measure. Many of the cast appear to have guilty secrets, from mere sexual peccadilloes to an elaborate fraud.
Not without risk to themselves, an occasional punch-up, and some friction with the police, Danzig and Hare uncover the truth, and the murderer is revealed.