Adelaide Endicott--elderly sister of Lord Thomas Endicott, a senior member of Parliament--has plummeted to her death from the third-floor window of her bedroom at Layton Manor. Did she take her own life--or was she pushed? Although Scotland Yard believes it is a clear case of suicide, Adelaide's sister Eugenia is convinced otherwise . . .
Intrigued by the spinster's suspicions, Pendragon and Pruitt look into the victim's troubled mental state while simultaneously exploring who might have had a motive to push Adelaide to her death. As they begin to uncover a family history involving scandalous secrets, abuse, and trauma, mounting evidence suggests that there is evil lurking behind the closed doors of Layton Manor, and that it is of utmost urgency to expose it before another tragedy occurs.
Praise for Gregory Harris and the Colin Pendragon Mysteries
"The novel is well-paced . . . the interplay between Pendragon and Pruitt is interesting and complex . . . a number of unusual twists and turns." --Mystery Scene on The Arnifour Affair
"An incredibly pleasing mystery . . . the author nails it yet again." --Suspense Magazine on The Bellingham Bloodbath
- ISBN-13: 9781617738890
- ISBN-10: 1617738891
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
Series: Colin Pendragon Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-27
- Reviewer: Staff
An intriguing central mystery isnt enough to compensate for the unmemorable plot and characters of Harriss fifth Victorian whodunit (after 2016s The Dalwich Desecration). Imperious Eugenia Endicott consults private investigator Colin Pendragon, a pale imitation of Sherlock Holmes, after she fails to get satisfaction from Scotland Yard in the matter of her octogenarian sister Adelaides death. Adelaide, who was quite infirm, fell from her bedroom window in what the police quickly categorized as a suicide. Eugenia insists that her sibling was murdered, despite the testimony of a witness, the victims footman, that Adelaide unlatched the window before hurling herself to the cobblestones. Colin and his unassuming sidekick, Ethan Pruitt, accept the case, which takes a surprising turn after they learn that Adelaides house is rumored to have been haunted by ghosts. A loose end from 2015s The Connicle Curse will distract readers familiar with the earlier book and confuse newcomers. Agent: Kathy Green, Kathy Green Agency. (Apr.)