Diana's Altar (Joe Sandilands, Book 13) by Barbara Cleverly

By Barbara Cleverly

Cambridge, October 1933. contained in the previous All Hallows Church on All Hallows' Eve, physician Adelaide Hartest bears witness to the ultimate moments of a death stranger. regardless of the dagger plunged into the stranger's chest, the loss of life is governed a suicide, compounded by way of a proper confession sooner than death.
The sufferer, it truly is printed, is understood to Scotland backyard, and Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands is distributed the entire approach from London to enquire. Thrown right into a lethal ring of cloak-and-dagger politics and high-society hedonism, Sandilands needs to discover the reality earlier than the Hellfire membership, an elite society composed of intelligentsia and aristocrats, topples the associations and harms the folk he has sworn to protect—especially one he has come to actually love.

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He pushed the door to after him, and eased the great latch soundlessly into place. The peg—Matthew Smith had never realised what manner of illicit tool he was providing—he drew out and pocketed, for the sight of it protruding would have been enough to launch the hounds after him, and how did he know the watchman had not been given orders to keep an eye on his room? It would be his father who first came to visit him in exile in the morning, he was quite sure of that; somewhat uneasy in mind after sleeping on his rage, inclined to regret that he had carried execution to such lengths, and firmly resolved this time to be gentle and patient with the obdurate boy, but he would end up by beating him again, of course.

He was crying now; he wished she would go, and yet he could not bear to let her go. He kissed her warm cheek, and took away his arms almost roughly, dropping into the pillow again with a great sigh. When she stooped over him, peering at him closely, he kept his eyelids half-closed, and breathed long and softly, as though he were already slipping into drowsiness. Satisfied, she kissed his brow, and withdrew with the lamp, closing the door gently after her. As soon as she was gone he opened his eyes again, and they were dry and bright and wide-awake.

All that was over. A hush of curiosity, sympathy and almost pleasurable excitement followed him through the hall. The men-at-arms paused over their dice as he threaded his way through the romping dogs in the rushes, and climbed the stairs to the solar. He looked at no one. Only a little while ago their knowing sympathy would have galled him to the quick, but now it had ceased to be of any importance. "Wipe your face," whispered Ebrard at the door. " He thrust his own kerchief into Harry's hand, and waited for him to scrub the filth of dust and tears from his cheeks.

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