The Torso in the Town by Simon Brett
Grant and Kim Roxby had hoped that their first dinner party at Pelling House would make an impression with their new neighbours. And the next day it's certainly the talk of the town of Fedborough. For their guests - including the couple's old friend Jude - had been enjoying a pleasant meal before they were rudely interrupted by a gruesome discovery. A human torso hidden in the cellar.
Carole and Jude soon begin to question the locals, but they can't help wonder why a town so notoriously distrustful of outsiders is proving so terribly amenable to their enquiries . . .
'Highly enjoyable . . . A good, juicy, very English murder mystery' Daily Mail