Kiera and Gage are newly married, but their relaxing honeymoon in the Lake District is rudely interrupted by Gage’s disapproving father. Lord Gage asks the newlyweds to journey to Ireland where a distant cousin of Lord Wellington’s, a novice at an abbey outside of Dublin, has recently been killed. With nothing to go on but the few facts in Lord Gage’s note, Kiera and Gage make their way to the abbey. Once they arrive, Kiera and Gage get a sharp and sudden reminder that religious differences in Ireland are at a fever pitch and members of the English aristocracy are not welcomed with open arms. Many on both sides resort to violence and intimidation to settle the differences between the largely Catholic public and their English Protestant overlords. What a girl from a prominent, English Protestant family is now doing as a Catholic convert in an Irish abbey, Kiera and Gage can only guess. When another woman is murdered and tensions begin to boil over, however, Kiera and Gage must solve the murder before they need to fear for their own lives.
Readers now get to experience Ireland through Kiera and Gage’s eyes, and it’s a welcome change of pace for these two now-familiar detectives. Kiera must reconcile her role as investigator with her newfound role of wife and one day mother. She also gains a fresh perspective on just how fraught the religious situation is in Ireland and how the Catholics she comes to know there are not the villains she was always told they were. This investigation proves to be a whole new playing field for both Kiera and Gage, and it’s a wonderful journey to see them work through this new phase of their lives as a team in both work and life.
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