Dodie and her daughter Elena go to stay with Christine, a friend who once danced in the chorus with Dodie, who now runs a riding school at her nephew's manor house. The owner, Robert, whose parents were killed in a car accident, is on holiday with friends, and his young brother John unhappy to be with Robert's uncle and Trustee, Michael, his aunt Diane, and four cousins. Mike is busy working to raise cash for a university course in America. Laura is passionate about horses and wants to take over from Christine when she retires. The other two, Brandon and Claire are older, and constantly belittle John. He, bored, gains a reputation for snooping. and Dodie hears him threatening to reveal some secret.
Elena is organising the wedding of Rebecca Wilmott, who lives nearby at Norman's Acre. In both families there are odd tensions. Rebecca is nervous, taunted by her half sister Sarah who lives alone in a small cottage on her father's estate.
Then John, responding to a dare, dies in a riding accident involving Diane's horse. Elena and Dodie discover that this was contrived, but was John the intended victim, or Diane? Was it a prank gone wrong, or deliberate murder? Or was it intended to discredit Christine and force her to close the stables, something Michael and Diane long to have happen? Many people had the opportunity, some had obvious motives, and Dodie is determined to discover the truth.
About the Author
Most writers can't help themselves! It's a compulsion. Getting published, though, is something really special, and having been so fortunate myself I now try to help aspiring writers by handing on tips it took me years to work out. I've published over 60 titles, including four in the How To Books' Successful Writing Series, and Writing Historical Fiction for Studymates. I have judged short story competitions, been a final judge for the Harry Bowling Prize and was an adviser to the 3rd edition of Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers 1994. If you want to find out more about your favourite authors, consult this book. I once wrote an article on writing romantic fiction for the BBC's web page, for Valentine's day. I have given talks and workshops for the Arts Council and at most of the major Writing Conferences, and helped establish the Romantic Novelists' Association's annual conference. I was Chairman of the RNA 1991-3, ran their New Writers' Scheme and edited their newsletter. I am now a Vice-President. As well as writing I have edited books for Transita, featuring women 'of a certain age', and for Choc Lit where gorgeous heros are the norm. I was asked to write A Century of Achievement, a 290 page history of my old school, Queen Mary's High School, Walsall, and commissioned to write a book on Castles and Corvedale to accompany a new circular walk in the area. Most of my Regencies written under the pseudonym Sally James are now published in ebook format as well as many others of my out of print novels which my husband is putting into ebook format. Our daughter Debbie is helping with designing the covers. For details of all my books and my many pseudonyms see my website.