"Peter Dickinson is my own chosen demigod in the pantheon of crime fiction."--Laurie R. King For best-selling author Lady Margaret, the past is no longer a pleasant memory. Her first lover's mysterious death and the seeming inevitability of her inheriting the family's stately home are cast in new light by secrets unwillingly revisited. The first in a series of reprints of Peter Dickinson's mysteries, this classic British mystery will win fans currently engrossed in "Downton Abbey." Praise for Peter Dickinson's mysteries: "A literary magician controlling an apparently inexhaustible supply of effects . . . Craftsmanship such as this makes for compulsive reading."--Penelope Lively "He is the true original, a superb writer who revitalises the traditions of the mystery genre . . . incapable of writing a trite or inelegant sentence . . . a master."--P. D. James "He sets new standards in the mystery field that will be hard to live up to."--Ruth Rendell "He has an eye and a mind and a voice like no other."--Donald E. Westlake "A fresh triumph . . . a simultaneous insight into kids and their minders, and emerging nations, and the concept of freedom - all done with consummate story-telling skill."--Peter Lovesey "Read this book carefully. It's a jewel."--"The New York Times Review" "Brilliantly imaginative first detective story . . .wonderfully convincing."--"The Observer" "Mr Dickinson is the most original crime novelist to appear for a long, long time."--"The Guardian" "Brilliantly original, as always."--"Times Literary Supplement" "Wry, witty, irresistible."--"The Financial Times" "Dickinson tops all his prizewinners with this stunning psychological thriller."--"Publishers Weekly" Peter Dickinson has twice received the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger. He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.