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When elderly Ailsa Lockyer-Fox is found dead in her garden, dressed only in night clothes and with blood stains on the ground near her body, the finger of suspicion points at her wealthy, landowning husband, Colonel James Lockyer-Fox. A coroner's inquest gives a verdict of 'natural causes' but the gossip surrounding him refuses to go away.

Why? Because he's guilty? Or because resentful women in the isolated Dorset village where he lives rule the roost? Shenstead is a place of too few people and too many secrets. Why have James and Ailsa cut their children out of their wills? What happened in the past to create such animosity within the family? And why is James so desperate to find his illegitimate grandchild?

Friendless and alone, his reclusive behaviour begins to alarm his London-based solicitor, Mark Ankerton, whose concern deepens when he discovers that James has become the victim of a relentless campaign which accuses him of far worse than the death of his wife. Allegations which he refuses to challenge . . . Why? Because they're a motive for murder? . . .

About Minette Walters

Minette Walters is England’s bestselling female crime writer. She has written 11 novels and has won the CWA John Creasey Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award and two CWA Gold Daggers for Fiction. Minette Walters lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.

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Books by Minette Walters

Chickenfeed
Chickenfeed
A Dreadful Murder
A Dreadful Murder
Disordered Minds
Disordered Minds
The Devil's Feather
The Devil's Feather
The Chameleon's Shadow
The Chameleon's Shadow
The Tinder Box
The Tinder Box
The Echo
The Echo
The Breaker
The Breaker
Acid Row
Acid Row
The Shape of Snakes
The Shape of Snakes
The Ice House
The Ice House
The Sculptress
The Sculptress
The Dark Room
The Dark Room
The Scold's Bridle
The Scold's Bridle
Death of a Doll
Death of a Doll