American expatriate Dorothy Martin is married to the Chief Constable for the County of Belleshire, Alan Nesbitt. However, marital bliss is temporarily interrupted when a neighbor Ada Finch pleads with Dorothy to help her son, Bob, accused of stealing an expensive antique tea set from the Museum of Miniatures.
Dorothy agrees to investigate what happened. She learns that Bob was the gardener at Brocklesby Hall where the museum is located. She next meets the eccentric but famous miniature collector Sir Mordred Brocklesby and ultimately proves that Bob is not the thief. However, the case twists dramatically when murder occurs and once again the police focus on Bob. It remains for the elderly Dorothy to find the real killer.
The return of the unique Martin cozy is an item that will bring rejoicing to fans of the sub-genre as the latest entry, MALICE IN MINIATURE, is a wonderful novel. Jeanne M. Dams paints a taut and fast-paced story line, and the support cast adds much flavoring. However, what makes this book so damn good is the relationships between that purebred American Dorothy and her English spouse and their neighbors.