When the door opened and he came out, there came with him the stench of a dead thing, the sweet, sulfurous, warm, rotten, chicken smell that only ever comes from unburied flesh. A dead body is found in a locked house. It has been stabbed in a frenzy, the hands and feet bound, the skull smashed, false teeth knocked from its jaws. Blood pools around the corpse and drips from the staircase. Yet nothing is missing: money and valuables remain untouched. Who could have murdered an old woman in such a horrifying way? And why? This is the mystery facing Sergeant John Fraser and Detective Lieutenant Trench when wealthy spinster Miss Jean Milne is murdered in the quiet seaside town of Broughty Ferry. Yet, despite an abundance of clues and apparent witnesses, the investigation proves troublesome: suspects are elusive and Miss Milne herself is found to be far from a model of propriety. And when sensational headlines put pressure on the police force to find a culprit, Fraser and Trench must work fast to prevent the wrong man from going to the gallows. But will they ever unravel the secret life and curious death of Miss Jean Milne?
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Andrew Nicoll works as a newspaper journalist. His first novel, The Good Mayor, was an international bestseller.Review:
"A mystery that touches the heart, with characters caught in a world that's harsh but trembles with tender emotions. A beautiful story" —James Naughtie, BBC Radio 4
"The sense of setting and era are spot on, and the dusky streets of Scotland are suitably spooky." —Heat Magazine
"An intelligent crime novel with secrets, passion and great characters - just a great murder mystery." —Portobello Book Blog
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