The estate at Clouds Frome was architect Geoffrey Staddon's greatest achievement. It was also the site of his greatest dishonour - for it was there he met Consuela Caswell, the beautiful Brazilian wife of Clouds Frome's proprietor. He loved Consuela immediately, fiercely, recklessly. In return, she risked everything for him - until he betrayed her for his own ambitious dreams of glory.
Twelve years later, when Staddon learns that Consuela has been charged with the poisoning of her neice and the attempted murder of her husband, he knows he cannot forsake her again. He returns to Clouds Frome and to the dark secrets it has harbored for so long, only to discover a web of betrayals more complex than he had ever imagined. As the courts grind slowly toward Consuela's doom, Staddon must find the courage to risk everything he is to save her and to pay, finally his debt of dishonor.
One of the better Goddard books. Highly recommended.
Geoffrey Staddon had never forgotten the house called Clouds Frome, his first important commission and the best thing he had ever done as an architect. Twelve years before the day in September 1923 when a paragraph in the newspaper made his blood run cold, he had turned his back on it for the last time, turned his back on the woman he loved, and who loved him. But when he read that Consuela Caswell had been charged with murder by poisoning he knew, with a certainty that defied the great divide of all those years, that she could not be guilty. As the remorse and shame of his own betrayal of her came flooding back, he knew too that he could not let matters rest. And when she sent her own daughter to him, pleading for help, he knew that he must return at last to Clouds Frome and to the dark secret that it held.
I love Robert Goddard's books and this one did not disappoint. It kept me guessing until the last page. His characters are so unique and very believable. Lots of twists and turns kept the pages turning until the very surprise ending. The plot was very calculating and the murderer obscure. All Goddard's books are very well-written and fascinating and sure to hold your interest. I look forward to reading another of his books and I highly recommend this book to those who love historical murder mysteries with intrigue.