By Peter Robinson
Via years of good fortune in Hollywood composing track for Oscar-winning movies, Chris Lowndes continually imagined he could come complete circle, domestic to Yorkshire along with his liked spouse Laura. Now he's again within the Yorkshire Dales, yet Laura is useless, and Chris must make a brand new existence for himself. The remoted condo he buys sight unseen should still supply him the gap to come back to phrases together with his grief and the quiet to permit him to paintings. Kilnsgate condominium seems to be much more than he anticipated, besides the fact that. a guy died there, sixty years in the past. His spouse used to be convicted of homicide. And whatever is pulling Chris deeper and deeper into the tale of Grace Elizabeth Fox, who used to be hanged through the neck till she used to be lifeless . . .
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