James Cray was always a cruel man . . . classic crime from one of the queens of the genre, in stunning new packaging
When he was 21 James Lessiter told Henrietta Cray that he loved her before all things and so broke Catherine Lee’s heart. But James has a side to him that most people do not see. When the engagement is broken off noone is sure why and Rietta refuses to explain.
Twenty years later James returns to the village an extremely wealthy man. Rietta is still unmarried and Catherine is a penniless widow living in a cottage on the Lessiter estate.
Trouble is inevitable, for Catherine has started to sell some of the valuable contents of the cottage to keep up a lifestyle she cannot afford but James has his suspicions and is looking forward to exposing her. He has always enjoyed seeing someone else suffer whatever the cost.
When he is brutally murdered there all too many people who would benefit from his death but fortunately Miss Silver is ready to investigate.
Praise for Patricia Wentworth:
Miss Silver is marvelous - Daily Mail
You can't go wrong with Miss Maud Silver - Observer
Miss Wentworth is a first-rate storyteller - Daily Telegraph
Miss Wentworth's plot is ingenious, her characterization acute, her solution satisfying - Scotsman
I always thought them rather better than 'Miss Marple' and certainly very well written. - Mary Stewart
Patricia Wentworth was born in Uttarakhand, India but as a young girl moved to London to study at Blackheath High School for Girls.
After writing several romances she turned her hand to crime fiction. She wrote dozens of bestselling mysteries before her death in 1961, and is recognised as one of the mistresses of classic crime fiction.