House sitting for her ex-mother-in-law seems a pleasant way for Claire Camden to get through the winter doldrums. On sabbatical from her university post, Claire has been in London working on a book about MI Talbot, one of Englands most free spirited novelists. The tranquil countryside will be a nice respite from the city, to say nothing of being able to see more of her daughter, Sally, a student at Execter, as well as handsome Detective Superintendent Neil Padgett, the new man in Claire's life.
But death is taking no holiday this chilly season. Shortly after Claire arrives in Morbridge, the body of Cheryl Bailey, one of Sally's housemates, is found on the lonely moor. The young woman has been strangled and even more terrible a mystifying "signature" mark has been carved into her flesh.
If Claire cannot fit the pieces of the puzzle together soon, she risks finding her own daughter's body in the dank bogs of Dartmoor.
An English village mystery this time out for the author. I found parts of it a little too noir for me, but I think it can still be considered a cozy.
"The British village mystery is alive and well in the hands of Audrey Peterson."
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