Set in 1923, architect Geoffrey Staddon realises that the last time he was happy was 12 years earlier when he was having an affair with the beautiful Consuela Carswell, the Brazilian wife of Victor Carswell who had commissioned him to design their new Herefordshire home. Having abandoned Consuela to further his career, Geoffrey is forced to face up to his mistakes when he hears that she has been accused of trying to poison her husband. And moreover, she is to stand trial for the murder of Victor’s niece. Consuela sends her daughter Jacintha to beg for his help and he cannot resist the plea of the solemn little girl.
His life his further complicated by the actions of his wife, Angela, who takes up with Major Royston Turnbull, the unpleasant close friend and associate of Victor. Circumstantial evidence suggests Consuela’s guilt, but she must be the victim of a conspiracy. Geoffrey finds himself in great danger as he tries to find evidence of a different murderer and there are a number of unpleasant suspects.
The story is beautifully written and the description of Victor’s house, Cloud’s Frome, a blend of manorial and domestic, rooted in the landscape, make it sound very attractive. Consuela’s cool calm mien is difficult to fathom, but her innocence is convincing, at least to the reader. The plot turns from one crisis to another and it is difficult to guess who is responsible. Another good read by Robert Goddard.
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