Marina Pascoe grew up at Maenporth, a small cove just a couple of miles from Falmouth in Cornwall. An avid Agatha Christie fan from the age of eleven, she always wanted to be a writer...and many late nights were had reading under the blankets with a torch despite her mother's protestations that her eyes would fall out!
1921, Falmouth. Inspector George Bartlett is investigating the disappearance of a young girl, and events take a turn for the worse when a woman is found dead, badly mutilated, on a local beach. Bartlett and his assistant, Constable Archibald Boase, soon realise the woman was a local prostitute, Ivy Williams.
The murder investigation leads the men to the wealthy inhabitants of Penvale Manor House A web of illegitimacy, inheritances, and secrecy is uncovered, and soon the hangman’s noose is swinging precariously over one of the suspects – but have they got the right person?