Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well suited for the task: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder-punishable by execution.
This notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer among the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan-and try to save Hester from the gallows.
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including
Blind Justice and
A Sunless Sea, the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including
Death on Blackheath and
Midnight at Marble Arch. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as eleven holiday novels, most recently
A New York Christmas, and a historical novel,
The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland and Los Angeles.