"...another intensely satisfying and well-constructed story from Ann Cleeves."
In this third book of Ann Cleeves' Shetland series, Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate the shooting of an elderly woman living alone in an isolated croft on one of the smaller islands. The woman was discovered by her grandson, Sandy Wilson, who also happens to be a colleague of Perez in the Shetland police. It appears to be an accidental shooting, but Perez has a few doubts that he needs to resolve before he can assure the Procurator Fiscal that no murder investigations are needed. An archaeological dig is sited on the old woman's land and recent investigations have indicated some interesting facts, culminating in the discovery of some bones which may or may not be very old.
Perez finds himself uncomfortable in the tensions arising between the two old families on the island, and he is not convinced that everything is as it appears. When another body is discovered, he plunges into the past and discovers the line of events which have lead to the tragedies.