"It was a particularly handsome, particularly English summer's day, and the Sussex countryside was full of the pleasing and fruitful colors of the season."
That day in June 1780 started off nicely enough, but then a corpse turned up in a thicket on Commodore and Harriet Westerman's estate, and it put a dark mood over the entire village. It is discovered that in the man's hand was a ring bearing the crest of nearby Thornleigh Hall. The once-grand Hall sits regally over the picturesque rural community. The current earl's health is fast failing, and Alexander, the eldest son --- the one in line to suc