Excited and nervous to be starting at the small parish of Moreton St. Jude in the spring of 1810, young parson Tobias Campion is unexpectedly called upon to intervene in an attack on housemaid Lizzie Woodman, in this first book in a historical series from the creator of the Sophie Rivers and Fran Harman mysteries. The suspicious death of a poacher, the untimely demise of a local aristocrat, and an unexplained attack on Tobias himself confirm his initial misgivings—a malign influence is at work in the supposedly sleepy hamlet. Then Lizzie disappears, and Tobias must uncover the dark secrets of her past.
"Much more than a run-of-the-mill historical crime novel. Both the period and characters are well realized [and] the story takes unexpected twists and turns.... By the end I found myself wanting to read more about this engaging young clergyman."—Historical Novel Review