Father Brown attends a tea party for the unveiling of a new church clock tower, presided over by his friend Reverend Bohun. Just after the bells chime for the first time, Bohun's dishonorable brother Norman's body is found behind the church, the back of his head bludgeoned with a hammer. The local blacksmith is immediately suspected, but his wife, who had an affair with Norman, confesses to the crime and is arrested by Inspector Valentine. Father Brown must find the real killer before an innocent woman is hanged.
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