By Anne Perry
While a gaggle of robust Irish Protestants and Catholics assemble at a rustic residence to debate Irish domestic rule, rivalry is to be anticipated. but if the meeting's moderator, executive bigwig Ainsley Greville, is located murdered in his tub, negotiations look doomed. To make issues worse, it sounds as if the past due Greville could have led a under savory own life.Unless Thomas Pitt and his spouse, Charlotte, can root out the reality, simmering hatreds and passions might back explode in homicide, the house rule stream may well cave in, and civil struggle might wreck all of eire. . . .
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We are needed for this coming weekend. ” Tellman raised his eyes. He had a lugubrious face, aquiline-nosed, lantern-jawed, not undistinguished in his own fashion. ” he said doubtfully. He knew Pitt far too well to be duped by courtesy. He read the eyes. “We are to guard the welfare of a politician at a country house party,” Pitt continued. ” Tellman was on the defensive already. Pitt knew his mind was conjuring pictures of rich men and women living idly on the fat of the land, waited on by people every bit as good as they but placed by society in a dependent position—and kept there by greed.
The road was through open countryside for the first mile, then a wooded stretch of about two miles before another similar distance through farmland to the village. It was during the drive where the road is concealed by trees that another very much heavier coach came out of a side turning and drew behind me at close to a gallop. ” Pitt noticed that Greville was sitting more rigidly as he recalled the event. In spite of his effort at calm, his shoulders had stiffened and his hand was no longer at ease on his knee.
It would hardly be of any purpose if they did not attend, and I shall personally inform you of all I know which is relevant regarding those who will be present. But we are not certain how far the information has gone. There are circles beyond circles, betrayals, secret loyalties—the whole society is riddled with them. ” His expression became even bleaker, and his mouth pulled tight at the corners. ” He let out his breath slowly. ” Pitt felt the coldness settle inside him. ” Greville looked very steadily in Pitt’s eyes.
Ashworth Hall by Anne Perry