I love historical fiction, especially historical mysteries, and Bess Crawford mysteries do not disappoint. This book finds Bess helping a total stranger, Lydia Ellis, who has fled to London having been struck by her husband during a heated argument. Fearing her return to her home, Lydia pleads with Bess to return with her to the family estate of Vixen Hill. Bess does and finds herself caught up in a family with a disturbing past in a village with secrets. What I liked about the is book was the whole role of how soldiers in war do things they normally would not do if they weren’t in the heat of battle. Moreover, this story questions whether to follow the law or to do what could be easiest. Overall, a delightful tale even it it did get a little drawn out towards the end and a new plot line was added toward the end that revealed the true killer. Entertaining and delightful read.