Garland for A Dead Maiden

Garland for A Dead Maiden

Book - 2002
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Blackwell North Amer
Millicent Pluke, the devoted wife of Detective Inspector Montague Pluke, stumbles across a woman's body by Devil's Dump, a pool in a remote North Yorkshire moorland stream. Her discovery means Pluke must steel himself not to hunt forgotten horse troughs - the great passion of his life - but instead to track down a murderer.
As his enquiries intensify, Pluke suspects the ruined Trough House may provide important clues and when he discovers the body has previously been buried but flushed from its well-hidden grave by the ferocious St. Margaret's Day flood, his knowledge of moorland folklore becomes vital to the investigation.
A maiden's garland was discovered with the body, but why would a murderer take the time and trouble to bury the garland - a symbol of purity - with the victim?
Pluke's research unearths the worrying fact that others have also died in Devil's Dump. In 1821 a shepherd named Featherstone drowned in its depths and again, in 1872, a tragedy occurred there when another Featherstone died - this time the victim was a six-year-old girl who was later buried with a maiden's garland. And now Susan Featherstone has gone missing from the dale - and she is an agent for an artist who always depicts a shepherd in her paintings of the moors. But the artist too has gone missing, so is Susan a victim - or a killer?

Publisher: London : Constable, 2002
ISBN: 9781841194837
Branch Call Number: FIC Rhea
Characteristics: 240 p.


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