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By Anna Lee Huber

Scotland, 1830. Following the demise of her pricey good friend, woman Kiera Darby is wanting a secure haven. Returning to her youth domestic, Kiera hopes her loved brother Trevor and the merriment of the Hogmanay Ball will distract her. but if a caretaker is murdered and a grave is disturbed at close by Dryburgh Abbey, Kiera is once again thrust into the chilly snatch of death.

whereas Kiera understands that helping in one other inquiry will simply additional tarnish her popularity, her wisdom of anatomy can make the adaptation in fixing the case. yet agreeing to enquire potential Kiera needs to care for the complex feelings aroused in her through inquiry agent Sebastian Gage.

whilst Gage arrives, he finds that the incident on the Abbey was once no longer the first—some fiend is digging up previous bones and conserving them for ransom. Now Kiera and Gage needs to seize the grave robber and placed the case to rest…before one other sufferer lands up six ft under.

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They’re making such a lovely job of the clothes. ’ Josephine laughed. ‘You must have inherited a lot of that sort of work after Lady Cowdray’s death. ’ Celia gave her a wry smile. ’ ‘Not at all. ’ ‘If it were just about personality, that would be fine, but it’s a little more serious than that—it goes back to the very principles that the club and the college were founded on. ’ Josephine shook her head. ‘The letters page is full of complaints from nurses about money being raised in their name and used to fund facilities for people who have never been near the sick in their lives.

You must have inherited a lot of that sort of work after Lady Cowdray’s death. ’ Celia gave her a wry smile. ’ ‘Not at all. ’ ‘If it were just about personality, that would be fine, but it’s a little more serious than that—it goes back to the very principles that the club and the college were founded on. ’ Josephine shook her head. ‘The letters page is full of complaints from nurses about money being raised in their name and used to fund facilities for people who have never been near the sick in their lives.

Even so, the sort of undemanding companionship offered by an afternoon of dedicated shopping was a relief after the solitary morning she had spent in her room—just her and a typewriter and a series of shadowy figures from a past which felt utterly alien to her. She was still not sure about the novel she was working on, and wondered if her desire to write something other than a detective story had been wise after all. When her editor suggested a book with a historical slant, a fictionalised account of a true crime seemed a good idea, particularly one with which she had a personal connection, but the claustrophobic horror of Holloway Gaol was starting to depress her and she had only just begun.

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