Scottish Police Superintendent Terrence Reid tears himself away from a murder investigation in Glasgow to return to his family's ancestral home for a Christmas house party celebrating the christening of his son. Dunbaryn Castle is all decked out for Christmas, but the mounds of beautifully wrapped gifts and delicious smells emanating from the kitchen can't hide the tensions running between Reid and his estranged wife, Anne. He's not expecting a very merry Christmas.
Braving snowy roads, guests arrive, bringing, along with their presents and hidden intrigues whose ominous elements vibrate below the party's surface. When the murder investigation Reid thought he left behind in Glasgow follows him to Dunbaryn and a murderer strikes again, his holiday gets cut short. Drawn deep into a labyrinth of family scandals and greed, Reid is forced to confront shattering secrets better left buried to stop the murderer.
©2015 Mary Birk (P)2016 Mary Birk