The Murder Stone

Todd Charles

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Publisher: Bantam Dell/Random House
Publisher Place: New York
Publisher Year: 2003
Edition: First Edition

Description: 352 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout.

Publishers Description: Charles Todds critically acclaimed novels featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge have been hailed by The Washington Post Book World as one of the best historical series being written today.� The New York Times Book Review calls Todds mysteries meticulously wrought...harrowing psychological drama.� Now he stakes out new territory in this mesmerizing stand-alone novel of one womans dark journey through family obsession, wartime secrets, and a chilling legacy.¦The Murder StoneThe Great War is still raging in the autumn of 1916, when Francesca Hattons beloved grandfather dies on the family estate in Englands isolated Exe Valley. Grieving for the man who raised her, Francesca is stunned to find an unsigned letter among his effects, cursing the Hattons and their descendants. Now a stranger has shown up on her doorstep, accusing her grandfather of being a murderer. Ex-soldier Richard Leighton blames Francis Hatton for the death of his mother, who vanished nearly a quarter of a century earlier. Her body was never found, only a shawl stained with her blood. And Leighton is not the only one with a claim on Francescas grandfather. On the day of his funeral, unexpected visitors arrive with the mourners, and Francesca is besieged by charges of Hattons vicious dealings. Yet there is also a shy young woman who praises his secret generosity.At the center of the intrigue is an unusual white stone that lies hidden in a secluded garden where Francesca once played with her five male cousins, all of them dead now on the battlefields of France. According to the terms of Hattons will, the Murder Stone must be dug up and transported to Scotland, where it is to be buried forever. But before Francesca can begin the journey, a series of ominous accidents� occur, culminating in the discovery of a bleeding body on the Murder Stone itself.Was Hatton the loving, caring protector his granddaughter always believed him to be Or a vindictive, secretive man who cultivated dangerous enemies Francesca sets out in pursuit of the truthand into the sights of someone determined to exact a revenge long overdue.

ISBN: 9780553803488

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