"...should appeal to people who, like me, enjoy a cosy mystery.."
Things are happening in deepest Devon. For a start, the manuscript for Iris Stanford's latest novel, 'Ravished' fails to arrive at her publisher's. Her daughter Kate discovers that it never left the local post office, run by the recently-widowed Muriel Jarvis, so what has happened to it? Then a skeleton is dug up - but it dates from the 17th century, and is that of a woman wearing a scold's bridal. But what woman?
This is against the background of a yearly event known as 'The Skirmish', when two local families, the Carews, who supported the Roundheads during the Civil War, and the Honeychurches, titled the Earls of Grenville, who were Royalists, re-enact a Civil War battle. Then a real, modern-day murder is committed....
The present-day Carews and Honeychurches settled their differences years ago, and now they have intermarried and inter-bred. But for all that, Kate is caught up in a web of intrigue, adultery, death, theft and blackmail, all within a bucolic part of England.