In this unusual murder mystery, the tranquility of St Mary’s Abbey is shattered by the discovery of a gruesome crime in a cottage on the abbey grounds. A foreign artist and war hero seeking refuge from the world has been murdered. Marie Paige, the frail, sickly wife of the village doctor, lies beside him beaten into a coma. The police arrest Marie’s husband, convinced that they are looking at a crime of passion. But Dr Paige finds himself with an unlikely champion: Fr Gabriel, a blundering but brilliant Benedictine priest who believes in his innocence and feels compelled to search for the truth. In a country struggling to come to terms with the devastation of the Second World War, even a secluded English village has its share of secrets and broken lives. It is not long before Fr. Gabriel and his companions find themselves embarking on a dangerous journey into the victims’ troubled war histories and a chapter of Europe’s bloodiest conflict that is almost too terrible to be acknowledged. With her passionate and colorful prose, acclaimed British novelist Fiorella de Maria once again weaves an intriguing tale of love, death, war, faith and adventure.
POINTS OF INTEREST
• A mystery about a young doctor who stands accused of murder, but he has an unlikely champion – a middle-aged Benedictine priest
• Murder mysteries are enduringly popular and this should appeal to a broad audience
• Fourth novel by an acclaimed, award-winning British writer
PRAISE FOR Fiorella de Maria
"Catholic writer de Maria deserves a wide audience."
— Publishers Weekly
"Fiorella De Maria is not afraid of the complexities of life and is capable of mixing its suffering with poetry and love." — Mother Dolores Hart, Author, The Ear of the Heart
Fiorella de Maria was born in Italy of Maltese parents. She grew up in Wiltshire, England, and attended Cambridge, receiving a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Renaissance Literature. She lives in Surrey with her husband and her four children. She won the National Book Prize of Malta. She has published three other novels with Ignatius Press – Poor Banished Children, Do No Harm and We’ll Never Tell Them.