Detective Superintendent MacNeice is returning from a pilgrimage to his wife’s grave when he’s called to a crime scene of singular and disturbing beauty. A young woman in evening dress lies gracefully posed on the floor of a pristine summer cottage so that the finger of one hand regularly interrupts the needle arm of a phonograph playing Schubert’s Piano Trio. The only visible mark on her is the bruise under her chin, which MacNeice recognizes: it is the mark that distinguishes dedicated violinists, the same mark that once graced his wife. The murder is both ingenious and horrific, and soon entangles MacNeice and his team in Eastern Europe’s ancient grievances.
This was a wonderful example of a “who done it” mystery. Although the minute the perpetrator was introduced I knew who it was. Don’t worry, I do not read too many mysteries that I don’t figure out who the perpetrator is before the author tells you. The complexities and descriptions that Scott Thornley provides proves to be a compelling & hard to put down book. This book kept me up well into the night reading and enjoying it.
If you like mysteries with a touch of side plots then I recommend this book highly.
I received this book from Net Galley for this review.