When a group of powerful Irish Protestants and Catholics gather at a country house to discuss Irish home rule, contention is to be expected. But when the meeting's moderator, government bigwig Ainsley Greville, is found murdered in his bath, negotiations seem doomed. To make matters worse, it appears the late Greville may have led a less than savory personal life.
Unless Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, can root out the truth, simmering hatreds and passions may again explode in murder, the home rule movement may collapse, and civil war may destroy all of Ireland. . . .
“Intelligently written and historically fascinating.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A political thriller and a rousing whodunnit . . . [Anne] Perry interweaves history and fiction so deftly that this narration assumes a seemingly monumental importance.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Though one of the pleasures of Anne Perry’s mysteries is her atmospheric and vivid rendering of Victorian England, the plot of her satisfying new novel, Ashworth Hall, is as contemporary as today’s headlines.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“The Troubles perfectly suit Perry’s gift for rooting large-scale social conflict in the minutiae of domestic intrigue.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] rewarding series.”—The New York Times Book Review
From the Trade Paperback edition.