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Published by Severn
House, August 2013. ISBN: 978-0-7278-8322-3
When the remains of an unidentified middle-aged man are found beneath
the snow in the grounds of Maxtead
Court, home of the wealthy Scroope family, it causes
but a ripple in the small market town of Folbury.
Margaret Rees-Talbot is looking forward to her marriage to the Rev Symon
Scroope.Not that it’s all plain
sailing, for Margaret is still grieving for her father Osbert, found drowned in
his bath a few months previously. Although herself from a good family she is
apprehensive marrying into the wealthy Scroope family.
the death of Osbert Rees-Talbot is put down as accidental, owing to him having
lost an arm whilst serving as a soldier in the South African war, questions
still remain. Prior to his death Osbert had been writing an account of his
experiences as a soldier during the Second Boer War.Then he seemed to stall! What really happened
in South Africa
back in 1902?
a second death occurs and the investigating officer DI Herbert Reardon wonders
if there could be a connection to the earlier death.
book is set in 1927,a period Marjorie
Eccles portrays so well. The deferential police Inspector, keen not to upset
the gentry; the small market town of Folbury, full of secrets; and the
casualties of the Great War still with unhealed wounds, unable to fit back
intro the life of rural England.
book is rich in characters into whose lives the reader is drawn slowly and
insidiously as their secrets are exposed.Beautifully written this book is highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Marjorie Eccles was born in Yorkshire and spent much of her childhood there and on
the Northumbrian coast. The author of more than twenty books and short stories,
she is the recipient of the Agatha Christie Short Story Styles Award. Her books
featuring police detective Gil Mayo were adapted for the BBC. She lives in