When Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is sent down to the north coast of Cornwall to assist in an investigation of attempted murder that involves four young women as suspects, he doesn’t realize that one of them is a former acquaintance.
All from wealthy families, the four young women have been accused of attempting to take the life of the local banker’s son in what most people believe was an accident, although one witness says otherwise.
When the injured man dies, the case becomes more complicated and then a series of subsequent deaths suggests that there is something far more sinister taking place in the village of Padstow.
A mysterious woman seems to hold the key to the events unfolding in the small community and although there are a few local suspects, Rutledge is going to have to look beyond the small village to solve this puzzling case.
As with the previous novels in this series, Rutledge continues to be plagued by his battlefield experiences during the recently ended conflict in Europe (World War I) and the voice of a Scottish soldier the inspector had to kill for refusing a combat command hasn’t left him either.
For those who have followed this mesmerizing series this latest installment is a must read. The quirky plot has some interesting twists and perhaps Rutledge’s personal life is about to improve with the reintroduction of Kate Gordon, an old friend from the past.
In this absorbing new entry in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is caught up in a twisted web of vengeance and murder.
On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a favor at the Home Office. Scotland Yard is asked to review the case.
However, Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first Inspector to reach the village. Following in the shoes of a dead man, he is told the case is all but closed. Even as it takes an unexpected personal turn, Rutledge will require all his skill to deal with the incensed families of the accused, the grieving parents of the victim, and local police eager to see these four women sent to the infamous Bodmin Gaol. Then why hasn’t the killing stopped?
With no shred of evidence to clear the accused, Rutledge must plunge deep into the darkest secrets of a wild, beautiful and dangerous place if he is to find a killer who may—or may not—hold the key to their fate.