"This is another cracking good read and I can’t recommend it highly enough."
Jimmy Perez is standing on a rainy hillside at the traditional burial of his old friend and neighbour, Magnus Tait. As the mourners surround the grave, a rumbling is heard and a slow landslide comes down the hill, covering in its wake an apparently empty croft and taking with it gravestones and rubble on its way to the sea. Whilst the rest of the congregation move to the safety of the parish hall, Jimmy carefully looks over the wreckage and discovers the body of an unknown woman, not of the islands, but with a distinctly Mediterranean appearance.
Jimmy, together with Chief Inspector Willow Reeves from Inverness, start by trying to identify the body and the means of death. Together they pull all the strands of why she was in Shetland, who she knew and above all, who would want her dead. For an apparent stranger, the dead woman has connections with several people, none of whom are keen to reveal what they know. Little by little, the story is revealed, culminating in an exciting race to prevent Jimmy experiencing another traumatic scene.