This is book number 6 in the Chief Inspector Barnaby Novels series.
Charlie Leathers was not the most popular man in the charming English village of Ferne Basset, but few people seemed to hate him enough to murder him. Still, that was his fate one night, and it brings Inspector Barnaby to the scene to investigate. What Barnaby doesn't know is that before his death, Charlie witnessed what might have been the suicide--or murder--of a young woman whose troubles with the law have landed her in the home of a local retired minister and his none-too-pleased wife. Now a man is dead, a girl is missing, and a town is in chaos as long-kept secrets begin to unravel, with deadly repercussions.
“Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie.” —The Sunday Times of London
“Wonderful...A delightful tale...Told in graceful prose and populated with carefully drawn characters, A Place of Safety is a marvelous treat.” —The Denver Post
“[A Place of Safety] is cause for celebration...Thoroughly charming...Intensely pleasurable reading.” —Booklist