Snare of Serpents Author:Victoria Holt Davina Glentyre is on trial for the muder of her father. All that was once familar and dear is now shadowed by scandal and distrust. Her happy young life in Edinburgh had vanished in the waker of her mother's recent death. Her father seemingly changed. And when Davina's beloved governess was abruptly dismissed, an unlikely replacement was found-... more »the lusty, auburned haired Zillah Grey, who stayed to become the next Mrs. Glentyre. That was the year Davina's father died, the year in which she stands accused.
That means the motive, the opportunity, all point damningly to the master's daughter. The ambiguous verdict of the Scottish court -- Not Proven -- condemns Davina to a life of vicious rumor and innuendo. Abandoned by her fiance, with no one she trusts to guide her, Davina decides to leave her homeland.
Where better to escape the past than in the colonies of Africa? Accompanied by her former governess Lilias, Davina arrives in Kimberley, quickly coming to rely on the handsome and wealthy local businessman, Roger Lestrange, and just as quickly befriending his mysteriously ailing wife. It seems she a chance at a new life at last. But with the outbreak of the Boer War, Davina's security again begins to crumble as she discovers that secrets thought safely buried may be resurrected again. Now, not only her reputation, but her very life, is at risk.« less