Nobody's Fault Author:Nancy Holmes Silently, stealthily, he let himself into the darkened house. As he turned his key in the lock he thought only of what he had come to do. It was raw April, spring still bruied in English cold. The neighbors would be tucked in their beds watching telly if they were not asleep already. The quiet street was deserted at this hour. IT had not gone te... more »n yet and the regulars in the corner pub had another hour to drink before closing time. By then he would be gone. Long gone. And his estranged wife would be dead. Bludgeoned to death. But, as the handsome Lord Charles Warrington would discover in only moments, the woman upon whom he'd rained killing blow after killing blow in the dark basement kitchen was not his intended victim, not the wife he hated with a passion, but the innocent nanny who took care of his young son.
So begins one of the most fascinating novels of recent years. Inspired by a real murder, NOBODY'S FAULT is a chillingly suspenseful, richly told story that has at its center an extraordinary murderer and an utterly unforgettable woman.
Charles Warrington-- titled, will-to-do, attractive-- was Amanda Gordon's dream come true. She studied him, seduced him-- and when their glorious erotic love affair culminated in a fairy tale wedding she was jubilant. Lifted from the ranks of commoner, the titian-haired beauty saw nothing ahead but a horizon made brilliant with promise. Too soon, though, the honeymoon will be over as Charles reveals himself as a compulsive gambler, spending uncountable hours and inestimable amounts of money at his fashionable London gambling club.
Lonely, desperate to save her marriage, Amanda tries everything she can think of-- but seems only to compound one mistake with another. Her husband's aristocratic friends ostracize her, ridicule her. They call her Charles's mad wife, and in truth she is plagued by migraines, haunted by dark terrors. The iron cudgel Charles wielded may not have struck her, but she becomes his victim even after he disappears. And, shortly, she becomes the target of Charles's patrician social circle as it closes ranks to protect one of its own-- even if he has committed murder.
No one is better equipped to write this engrossing tale of passion and scandal in London's smart set than Nancy Holmes who has covered the rich and famous for more than two decades. From her skilled pen flow memorable, larger-than-life characters. Eloquent and moving NOBODY'S FAULT is a reveting novel.« less