Snare of Serpents Author:Victoria Holt My trial took place in the High Court of Justiciary. I felt dazed. The courtroom was crowded and it seemed that the object of everyone present was to scrutinise me. I had been prepared by Ninian Grainger for what I must expect. I should stand at the bar and the Crown would state the case against me when the Defense would endeavor to prove the ac... more »cusation wrong.
My feelings were so tumultuous that it is impossible to describe them. They changed from moment to moment. Innocence is the greatest defense. It gives courage. If one tells the truth, surely that must prevail. That thought remains with one all the time. It is the greatest ally.
I looked at the members of the jury -- those who would decide my fate; and they gave me confidence.
Even at this stage, after the weeks of waiting for this day, there was an element of unreality about it all. I...Davina Glentyre, the young girl who had gone to church with her mother, was now the prisoner at the bar in a court of law accused of murdering her father.
How could it have come about? It must be a wild mad dream.« less
Davina Glentyre is on trial for the murder of her father. All that was once familiar and dear is now shadowed by scandal and mistrust. Her happy young life in Edinburgh had vanished in the wake of her mother's recent death. Her father seemed strangely changed. And when Davina's beloved governess was abruptly dismissed, an unlikely replacement was found--the lusty, auburn-haired Zillah Grey, who stayed to become the new Mrs. Glentyre. That was the year Davina's father died, the year in which she stands accused.
I thought the book was great! But, then again, I haven't read a Victoria Holt story that I didn't enjoy.
I'm only willing to swap this one because I have another copy.