On Halloween, just before the First World War, a young woman s corpse was found with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost the Faceless Woman is said to walk through Ravenbank each Halloween. Just five years ago, Katya Moss was killed, her face also covered to hide her injuries. The old and seemingly related cases fascinate Daniel Kind, a specialist in the history of murder. Then, while he is attending a Halloween party in Ravenbank, a third murder occurs. Once again, the corpse s face is shrouded from view. This can t be a coincidence. It all presents DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of the Cold Case Review Team, with the toughest challenge of her career. Hannah and Daniel, reluctant to ackwledge their mating dance, team up professionally. But before they can solve the shocking murder puzzle, both of them must confront ghosts from their own past, as well as the ghosts of lonely, lovely, and mysterious Ravenbank.
Martin Edwards has published sixteen crime novels and more than 50 short stories. His crime fiction has been short-listed for several awards and in 2008 he won the CWA Short Story Dagger. He had edited 20 crime anthologies and contributed essays to many reference books and magazines. His website is www.martinedwardsbooks.com