Series: The Brodie Farrell Series
Set in a fictitious town on the South Coast near Hastings, this is Jo Bannisters third mystery novel featuring Brodie Farrell, Daniel Hood, and Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon. Brodie agrees to find the long-lost sister of murdered artist Serena, whose two daughters, Juanita and Emerald, are in need of a guardian after their father, Robert, seemingly stabbed their adulterous mother to death in a jealous rage. As Deacon hunts for the absent husband, Daniel befriends the girls and becomes their tutor. Brodies investigations uncover a history of insanity in Serenas family and with some unexpected results form the autopsy report, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Who is the unidentified intruder in the girls house and what does he want? What is the significance of the tale of the Chain Wood Phantom in the murder attempt on Serenas lover? When Roberts body is found at the bottom of a local lake, Brodie comes to a disturbing conclusion and must act quickly to save not only her own life, but those of the girls and her friends too.
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