Claire comes to Malverne Manor at the behest of her cousin Amy who had preceded her to marry Sir Edmond and preside there, not counting on his widowed aunt Edythe who has no intention of stepping aside. In fact she's the one who's still there while Amy has disappeared and equal attempts are made to dispose of Claire whether by Sir Edmond? Lady Edythe? or a painter Brian who seems to be everywhere and nowhere at once? Formula fiction but Miss York has taken the trouble to think up her own story. Those readers -- to the manor inclined -- will find themselves pleased and on occasion surprised.