Dr. Martin Ellingham is brilliant, dedicated, and highly efficient. He's also brusque, abrasive, and terrified of blood. Once a successful London surgeon, he's now a GP in the idyllic Cornish fishing village of Portwenn, where he's every bit as eccentric as the villagers he serves.
In The pilgrim of hate a body turns up in a sack during the annual "Cripples' Day" pilgrimage. In The potter's field, a woman's skeleton is unearthed in a field that has recently been donated to the abbey. In The holy thief, two visiting monks are implicated when holy relics of Saint Winifred disappear.