Deborah Crombie is a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than 100 years old with her husband, two cats and two German shepherds.
The body of a young woman, Reagan Keating, is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son. When another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Kincaid also finds himself plagued by questions about previous cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in danger?
Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb. As Kincaid begins to gather the facts, he finds that every piece of the puzzle yields an unexpected pattern, including the disappearance of a mysterious bystander.
A well-respected barrister is found dead at a seedy hotel. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone. Detective Inspector Gemma James and her team must find his companion --- a search that takes them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder.