Buying a house in the picturesque village of Brideswell was an impulse decision for high-ranking policewoman Charmian Daniels. Green, serene; Brideswell seemed like an ideal retreat from the pressures of work. But when the village beauty, Chloe Devon, mysteriously disappears, Charmian begins to suspect that Brideswell is not all it seems.
When part of Chloe's corpse is discovered in London, and another part is unearthed in a shallow grave in Brideswell, Charmian must heed the police maxim of 'whoever has the heart, takes the case'. So, together with local Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Barney, she determines to catch the killer.
As Charmian struggles to uncover possible motives for the girl's savage murder, she becomes troubled by the threatening atmosphere surrounding the village. Her enquiries uncover a host of demons from Brideswell's past, which must be exorcised before the villagers can sleep in peace . . .
Jennie Melville, a pseudonym for Gwendoline Butler, was born and brought up in south London, and was one of the most universally praised of English mystery authors. She wrote over fifty novels under both names. Educated at Haberdashers, she read history at Oxford, and later married Dr Lionel Butler, Principal of Royal Holloway College. She had one daughter, who survives her.
Gwendoline Butler's crime novels are hugely popular in both Britain and the United States, and her many awards included the Crime Writers' Association's Silver Dagger. She was also selected as being one of the top two hundred crime writers in the world by The Times.