"...a brilliant addition to this addictive series from an author at the zenith of her creativity."
Valley Farm is a small community made up of a large house and estate, a small development of luxury houses and one or two old cottages. When the owners of the large house are away they employ a house sitter to look after the house and garden. This young man, Patrick, is found dead in the nearby lane, and when the police come to investigate, they find the body of an older man in the big house. The only thing that the two dead men had in common was a love and knowledge of moths.
Closer investigation of the idyllic development finds several people with secrets to hide. These may have a bearing on the apparently motiveless deaths. On the surface every one is friendly and gets on well with each other. There is even a regular social gathering most weeks, but when Vera starts to probe and uses her instinct for rooting out secrets and unsettling relationships, the truth slowly begins to emerge. It touches on the past from academia to prison.