Maggie Macleod was weary of life with a soul sickness that ate into every fiber of her being. In a mad way, it did not seem strange to her that she should be on the way to High Court to stand trial for the murder of her husband. Her marriage seemed to have been one long dreary desert lit by flares of cruelty. M. C. Beaton is the author of the best-selling Agatha Raisin series. She has also written several Regency romance series, including Edwardian Candlelight. She lives between Paris and the Cotswolds.