(From back cover) MURDER BY THE BOOK
When the lady in black presented her manuscript to the distinguished Chapman and Hall publishing house, she aroused curiosity - and suspicion - in reader George Meredith. How could this genteel woman, so reticent and publicity-shy, contact a murder myster so gruesome, so wickedly clever ... and so horribly convincing? the more he read, the more he read between the lines. Meredith feared that what he had in his hands was an eminently publishable confession. Could the lady in black's story of a diabolical crime be a case of art imitating life?
Anna Clarke has joined the ranks of Dorothy Salisbury Davis, P.D. James, and Josephine Tey in capturing our imaginations with crimes of the heart. Her successful series of detective fiction shows us once again that the dark deed of murder is born in the place of our deepest passion.