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Death descends on the New Forest in Ann Granger’s gripping eighth Victorian mystery featuring Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ben Ross and his wife Lizzie.

It is Spring 1871 when Lizzie Ross accompanies her formidable Aunt Parry on a restorative trip to the south coast. Lizzie’s husband, Ben, is kept busy at Scotland Yard and urges his wife to stay out of harm’s way. But when Lizzie and her aunt are invited to dine with other guests at the home of wealthy landowner Sir Henry Meager, and he is found shot dead in his bed the next morning, no one feels safe.

On Lizzie’s last visit to the New Forest, another gruesome murder took place, and the superstitious locals now see her as a bad omen. But Lizzie suspects that Sir Henry had a number of bitter enemies, many of whom might have wanted him dead. And once Ben arrives to help with the investigation, he and Lizzie must work together to expose Sir Henry’s darkest secrets and a ruthless killer intent on revenge…

Reviews

Her usual impeccable plotting is fully in place
Good Book Guide
Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent
The Times
A clever and lively book
Margaret Yorke
Lovely characterisation and a neat plot
Yorkshire Post
This engrossing story looks like the start of a highly enjoyable series
Scotsman
The plot is neat and ingenious, the characters rounded and touchingly credible
Ham and High
For once a murder novel which displays a gentle touch and a dash of wit
Northern Echo
Praise for Ann Granger's crime mysteries:
A clever and lively book
Margaret Yorke
Lovely characterisation and a neat plot
Yorkshire Post
This engrossing story looks like the start of a highly enjoyable series
Scotsman