When murder comes to the idyllic, sleepy village of Slaughterford one hot summer, nobody is prepared for it - or for the sudden loss of one of their own.
The killing is a shock to all who knew the victim, and when Pudding Cartwright's brother is suspected of the crime she is drawn towards conspicuous newcomer Irene, both determined to discover the identity of the killer in their midst.
Unaware of just how deep the roots of the crime lie, Pudding and Irene begin to uncover truths neither of them could have foreseen, and the chance finding of a strange object, hidden away for years, will change everything.
'Katherine Webb is such a reliably good storyteller and this beguiling mystery, set so vividly in the glorious Wiltshire countryside, is no exception. It will keep you guessing right to the end.'
Kate Riordan - author
'This isn't your usual country house mystery. It's a vivid portrait of rural life at a time of great change, especially for the women. In its Wiltshire setting and depth of research, it reminded me of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, but Katherine's wonderful descriptions and characters make it sing. And I guarantee that the ending will surprise. Her legion of fans will be delighted with this immersive, beautifully written tale of secrets and betrayals that echo down the generations.'
Vanessa Lafaye - author
'...So, so clever. What a glorious denouement! And for me it totally elevated this intriguing novel. The sort of book that reading was invented for!'
‘Written with compelling precision, stunning elegance and remarkable insight, this is the perfect read for mystery fans and book club readers.’
The Lancashire Post
'Webb's portrayal of the lush bucolic setting...vividly evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the time. And then, towards the end, comes a twist in the plot so bold it will leave you blinking and re-reading huge chunks of the book. A thoroughly satisfying read.'
WI Life Magazine
'An engrossing story of betrayal secrets and lies.'
Woman & Home Magazine
'...an involving tale of passion and deceit.'
The Mail on Sunday
'A spellbinding story.'
The Peterborough Telegraph
'The perfect period whodunnit.'
The Lady Magazine
'Katherine Webb uses words brilliantly. It’s in the way she portrays characters: you feel what Pudding feels for poor Donny, her brother. And it’s in the way she can change the mood and tone as the story develops, irresistibly drawing the reader in to Pudding’s investigation.
This is a compelling book, hard to put down.'
The People's Friend
'Around a whodunit premise, Katherine Webb weaves a rich, intricate, thoughtful story, peopled with wonderful characters. Pudding, Irene, and farm-girl Clemmie all come to vivid life, each with her own distinctive perception of the same little world. The writing is beautiful, the story is compelling, and clever surprises await at the end. A deftly woven, bittersweet, and truly lovely book.'
The Historical Novel Society