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.
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