Devonshire, autumn 1873. The peaceful seaside town of Seaborough, half-forgotten on the eastern border of the county, seems an unlikely setting for murder.
When a leading resident dies, the cause of death is uncertain. Troubled Inspector Abbs and eager, young Sergeant Reeve are sent to determine whether the elderly spinster was poisoned.
Behind the Nottingham lace curtains and over the bone china tea cups, trouble has been brewing.
Seaborough is changing, new houses are going up and some prominent inhabitants are ambitious for the town to become a popular resort.
When a second death follows, the detectives need to work fast to unravel the truth. Behind the elaborate rituals, is anyone truly mourning?
As the leaves fall and secrets are laid bare, unmasking a murderer may have terrible consequences…