It was a tragic crime scene with a young mother dead and her six-year-old daughter murdered with their bodies found in an abandoned house they were squatting in. In the midst of the blood and squalor was an unlikely clue- a credit card owned by a wealthy businessman who died months ago.
It’s Christmas time in Hull, England and the threat of snow is in the air, but the real danger is not from the weather but from a killer or killers after a string of murders. There is no obvious link between the crimes- the only survivor of a shipwreck from forty years ago is found dead in a lifeboat, a teenage girl from Africa is hacked to death, and a suspected arsonist is murdered and burned.
Maisie Dobbs was born in England before World War I when the roles between the landed gentry and the servants were strict and the lower classes were supposed to know their place. Maisie was a maid but her intelligence caught the attention of her employer Lady Rowan. Luckily for Maisie, Lady Rowan ignored convention and became Maisie’s sponsor guiding her to an education, but just as Maisie began college World War I started halting her education and changing both Maisie and England.
Sydney Everett is a rich widow often with a drink in her hand and enough plastic surgery to knock off a decade her age (at least in low lighting); she also has a very expensive champion show horse, Hush Puppy, that has died under questionable circumstances and may have been killed.
Manny Tanno left the Pine Ridge Reservation years ago, leaving behind memories and the heartache from his older brother, Reuben’s incarceration. Tanno could never understand why Reuben killed Billy Two Moons, but his brother’s confession had ended Tanno’s worship of his older brother which made it easier to leave and not look back. Tanno thought he would never return to Pine Ridge but another murder has brought him home.
Jason Stafford has just lost two years of his life in prison interrupting his aspiring career on Wall Street with his seven figure income and his marriage to his model wife. It was Jason’s own fault for his incarceration after he did some accounting shuffling at his firm that led to a huge scandal and threatened the solidity of a major investment bank. With Jason’s release he was finally free, but the income and his ex-wife and son were gone, and it wasn’t going to be easy…