The Woman in the Sea Author:Shelley Smith The night her husband was murdered, Zoe Robinson got very drunk and flirted tipsily with the policemen as they picked their way through the shambles that had once been her happy if rather tawdry little home. Later, in court, she was pilloried as a fallen, shameless woman, a wanton cradle snatcher. But she was none of these things in her own hear... more »t. She had only wanted to make everyone happy, even her dull and fussy husband.
As for the boy, Arthur, whom she had hired, to help out around the Villa Arcadia, and who was hauled up in the dock beside her, he was simply a good, sweet country lad, just her son's age. What the world said about their love affair made no sense to Zoe.
For Zoe, a vague goodheartedness served in place of a moral code and romantic fancies took the place of real life. When the fantasies began to collide with reality, the result was tragedy. Zoe would have said: " No one was to blame." But in this penetrating psychological study of the "events leading up to the crime', Shelley Smith shows with dramatic intensity just where the guilt really lay.