'A vivid cast of characters, endless intrigue and all the fun of a Golden Age mystery await you at Kilfenora House' Catherine Ryan Howard
'Witty, twisty and featuring my favourite antiheroine in a long time' Alex Marwood
Murder is easy ... when it doesn't look like murder
Tess Morgan has finally made her dream of restoring beautiful Kilfenora House and Gardens into a reality.
But during rehearsals for the play that forms the opening weekend's flagship event, her dream turns into a nightmare when a devastating accident looks set to ruin her carefully laid plans.
There are rumours that Kilfenora House is cursed, but this feels personal, and becomes increasingly terrifying when more than one body is discovered. Could someone be closing in on Tess herself?
Clarissa Westmacott, ex star of stage and screen, certainly believes so, particularly when she learns that purple-flowered aconite has been picked from the Poison Garden. And Clarissa will stop at nothing to protect the friend she has come to see as a daughter...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The title might bring to mind Sherlock Holmes mystery The Sign Of Four but the eighth novel by Irish thriller writer Sam Blake is more akin to a classic Agatha Christie country house whodunit. Heroine Tess has lovingly restored a Tudor pile and its stunning landscaped gardens in Ireland’s Wicklow mountains. She’s busy preparing for its grand reopening weekend when a string of tragic accidents threaten to ruin her plans and bankrupt the project. Or are they really accidents? An online troll makes sinister threats. A true-crime documentary crew becomes convinced that a serial killer buried one of his victims on her estate. Tess begins to wonder if rumours of the property being cursed could be true. As the bodies pile up and village residents grow suspicious of one another, past traumas resurface. Tess fears that her own life is in danger—until she finds protectors in unlikely places. An immersive, atmospheric blend of rural family saga, am-dram satire and murder-mystery with several killer twists. You’ll never look at stately homes in quite the same way again.