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A Guilty Thing Surprised

The fifth Wexford novel published by Hutchinson in


High instincts, before which our mortal nature
Did tremble like a guilty thing surprised;
… those first affections,
Those shadowy recollections,
Which, be they what they may,
Are yet the fountain light of all our day …

William Wordsworth, Ode. Intimations of Immortality

The discovery of Elizabeth Nightingale’s broken body in the woods near her home could not have come as a bigger shock. Called in to investigate, Chief Inspector Wexford quickly determines that the Nightingales were considered the perfect couple: wealthy, attractive and without an enemy in the world. However, someone must have been alone with Elizabeth that night in the woods. Someone who hated—or perhaps loved—her enough to beat her to death.

The case seems straightforward. But Wexford soon learns that beneath the placid surface of the Nightingales’ lives lie undercurrents and secrets no one ever suspected.

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