The setting of the story was idyllic. We had the Surrays five children, sensible
loving parents. All the children high achievers - no one failed at anything they
put their hand to. All gathered for the holidays with a handful of friends. Very
harmonious till the body of Ruth their daughter was discovered, dead from an overdose
suicide note by her bed with explicit instructions.
With minimum fuss the coroner gives his verdict and the family curls into itself
to try to heal. The arrival of a letter written by Ruth arrives after the funeral
and all hopes of tranquility is shattered.
It indicates that there is a strong possibility that Ruth was murdered and now Scotland Yard in the form of the affable but determined Inspector Macdonald is called into play.
Deciphering Ruth's life was not easy as many things were not disclosed to anyone and the detective work unraveling her secrets were slow. The story was not boring in the least and one never knew who the final murderer was.
Very descriptive, full of varying characters this held my interest throughout.
Sent byPoisoned Pen Press for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.