An Inspector Wexford mystery.
The Nightingales were always a very happy couple. If a husband and wife never discuss anything but the weather, are waited on hand and foot, are childless and physically cold, what is there to quarrel about?
But someone had reason to quarrel with Elizabeth. Someone who was alone with her in the woods that dark September night. Someone who loved her or hated her enough to beat her head in until she was dead.
The Nightingale case seemed straightforward enough on the surface. But Detective Chief Inspector Wexford soon discovered that beneath the placid surface of the Nightingales' lives there were undercurrents and secrets no one had ever suspected...