Award-winning author Elizabeth George gives us an early glimpse into the lives of Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, and Lady Helen Clyde in a superlative mystery that is also a fascinating inquiry into the crimes of the heart. Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, has brought to Howenstow, his family home, the young woman he has asked to be his bride. But the savage murder of a local journalist is the catalyst for a lethal series of events that shatters the calm of a picturesque Cornwall village and embroils Lynley and St. James in a case far outside their jurisdiction--and a little too close to home. When a second death follows closely on the heels of the first, Lynley finds he can't help taking the investigation personally--because the evidence points to a killer within his own family.
Another winner from the pen of Elizabeth George!, June 24, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from Jacksonville, FL United States This is exactly the sort of story that keeps me coming back to read more of George's "mysteries." Since her first novel in the series, A Great Deliverance, I have been fascinated by the story of Deborah and Simon St. James. Previous books have given glimpses into their past, but never told the whole story until now. Ms. George weaves her murder mysteries skillfully and the perpetrator is often a surprise, but it is her ability to combine the personal stories of her main characters with her mysteries that makes her books so engaging. If you like cut and dried murder mysteries, you won't find one here. But if you like a bit of romance, angst, and some family troubles thrown in with your mystery novels, Elizabeth George won't disappoint!