Chris Lowndes built a comfortable career composing scores for films in Hollywood. But after twenty-five years abroad, and still quietly reeling from the death of his beloved wife, he decides to return to the Yorkshire dales of his youth. To ease the move, he buys Kilnsgate House, a rambling old mansion deep in the country.
Although Chris finds Kilnsgate charming, something about the house disturbs him, a vague sensation that the long-empty rooms have been waiting for him—feelings made ever stronger when he learns that the house was the scene of a murder more than fifty years before. The former owner, a prominent doctor named Ernest Arthur Fox, was supposedly poisoned by his beautiful and much younger wife, Grace. Arrested and brought to trial, Grace was found guilty and hanged for the crime.
His curiosity piqued, Chris talks to the locals and searches through archives for information about the case. But the more he discovers, the more convinced he becomes that Grace may have been innocent. Ignoring warnings to leave it alone, he sets out to discover what really happened over half a century ago—a quest that takes him deep into the past and into a web of secrets that lie all too close to the present.
I let my mother-in-law the well read Queen Bee have first dibs on this one and here is what she had to say...
|Chris Lowndes, renowned Hollywood movie score composer has lived
in Los Angeles for 25 years. After his beloved wife dies, he decides to go back
to his roots writing classical music and back to his home in Yorkshire, England.
He buys a lovely but isolated estate for himself, site unseen. He will be able
to grieve for his wife and write his music in peace. Once he moves in, he senses
the house has a past. When he starts to investigate, he hears that the doctor
who lived in the house, was poisoned by his young wife, Grace, and that she was
hanged after her trial. When he sees a picture Grace, he is reminded of his own
wife. Lowndes becomes obsessed with Grace and decides that he will gather all
the information he can from locals and written accounts of the trial and after a
while he begins to wonder whether Grace was a murderer after all.
I have said so many times that I am not a mystery reader, but I seem to keep picking these types of books to read. I thought this book was pretty interesting. I am also not a fan of skipping from present to past to present again, but this was done expertly. I really enjoyed reading about the trial of Grace and also excerpts from her diary when she was a nurse during WW2.
Peter Robinson is a well known author, he has written a series of mystery novels about an Inspector named Alan Banks. This is not an edge of your seat story, but I can definitely recommend it !
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