A chilling tale of prejudice, ambition and cunning as villagers react to a brutal double murder, this was Minette's first - and to date only - novella.
'Few crime writers are in the same league as Minette Walters.' CANBERRA TIMES
In a small Hampshire village, Irish labourer Patrick O'Riordan has been arrested for the brutal murder of elderly Lavinia Fanshaw and her live-in nurse, Dorothy Jenkins. As shock turns to fury, the village residents form a united front against Patrick's parents and cousin, who report incidents of vicious threats and violence. But friend and neighbour Siobhan Lavenham remains convinced that Patrick has fallen victim to a prejudiced investigation and, putting her own position within the bigoted community in serious jeopardy, stands firmly by his family in defence of the O'Riordan name.
Days before the trial, terrible secrets about the O'Riordans' past are revealed to Siobhan, and the family's only supporter is forced to question her loyalties. Could Patrick be capable of murder after all? Could his parents' tales of attacks be devious fabrications? And if so, what other lies lurk beneath the surface of their world?
First published 1999.
About the Author:
The acclaimed author of nine international bestsellers, Walters has established herself as one of today's leading crime writers. Most of her previous novels have been made into television mini-series. She lives with her husband and two children in Dorset, England.