Published by: Bantam Press (12th November 1992)
When Beatrix Abberley, sister of an English poet who died fighting for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, is murdered, it appears that burglary was the motive. But Beatrix has been a keeper of secrets and, as her god-daughter, Charlotte, investigates, she discovers that Beatrix has been hiding many dangerous things…
This is one of those books that has been languishing on my TBR shelf for far too long, so I thought I'd take a break from all the newer books and read an oldie. This has taken me an absolute age to read, something that's never a good sign. Unfortunately, for me it wasn't an oldie but goodie and I was really disappointed with it as it seemed to promise much more.
The characters are, on the whole, interesting and well formed, the story an interesting and intriguing one and there were a couple of twists. It just seemed far too lengthy. By the time the conclusion was nearing completion, I no longer cared about it and felt I should've quit a long while back.