The thirteenth mystery featuring Mitchell and Markby by an author highly praised for her strong and appealing characters, wit and engrossing plots.
In 1889 Cora Oakley died by inhaling a poisonous gas in her sleep, and her husband William was put on trial for her murder. Over a hundred years later, the only remaining members of the family are two elderly sisters who live in the ancestral home. Unable to maintain the mansion, the sisters decide to sell up and live off the proceeds. Then a young Polish man named Jan appears, claiming to be William Oakley's great-grandson and threatening to ruin the sisters' plans. When he is found dead, it seems that the shadow of murder has returned to haunt the Oakley family again, and Superintendent Markby must look back at the events of a century ago to find the killer...
'The narrative keeps the reader gripped to the end - a fitting new member of the growing line-up of Mitchell and Markby classics' Wiltshire Times
Interesting, persuasive characters... A good read
These books keep getting better and better
Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent
Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is married, with two sons, and she and her husband, who also worked for the Foreign Office, are now permanently based in Oxfordshire.