"Tobias Campion, rector of Moreton St Jude, is delighted to welcome the widowed Lady Chase as his parishioner. Charming and generous-spirited, she nonetheless harbours a secret sorrow: her son, Hugo, is missing, presumed dead, and not even the great Arthur Wellesley's best efforts can locate him - or his body. However, she clings desperately to the belief that he will one day reappear." "Her late husband's nephew, Sir Marcus Bramhall, making a prolonged and unwelcome visit to Moreton Hall, clearly does not share her hopes. Instead, he speaks darkly of bringing a court case to declare him the heir. Much as he loathes the upstart, Tobias cannot hate one member of his family - the lovely Lady Dorothea enchants him from the start, not least because she is the only person in the entire household to show any sympathy towards the enigmatic governess, Anne Southey." "Then Miss Southey disappears the very day that the body of a stranger is found in a local river. Surely she has not had a hand in his death? When it transpires that the man might have been bringing news of the missing heir, Tobias and his loyal groom, Jem Turbeville, are forced to quit their beloved village to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, many of those they encounter in their travels are equally determined to keep the past well hidden."--BOOK JACKET.
Tobias Campion is happily settled as vicar at Moreton Priory. He finds the new lady living of Moreton Hall a charming and generous spirited member of his parish who is only too willing to help Tobias and his friend Dr. Hansard look after the less fortunate in the community. Lady Chase "s nephew, Marcus Bramhall, however is another kettle of fish. No sooner has he moved his entire family into the Hall, under the pretence of concern for his aunt "s recent widow status, than things start going awry. Miss Southey, the Bramhall family "s ill-treated governess, intrigues Tobias with her secretive ways. When a stranger "s body is found in a river on the estate, Tobias and Hansard suspect foul play. Who is the man? Evidence suggests he has travelled a fair distance but why? When it appears he may have something to do with Lady Chase "s lost son, and then Miss Southey mysteriously disappears, Tobias realizes he and Hansard may have to adopt their sleuthing cloaks once again.