Beatrice Kizza, a woman in flight from a homeland that condemned her for daring to love, flees to London. There she shields her sorrow from the indifference of her adopted city and navigates a nighttime world of shift work and bedsits.
In this introduction to the Mercedes Cruz series, Mercy's Magic, our budding detective and witch takes on a case near and dear to her heart. A family friend and her ex-husband's best and most trusted employee has gone missing. While investigating his disappearance, Mercy soon finds out the consequences of neglecting the tutelage of her Aunt Itzel throughout the years, a great and powerful Bruja in her own right.
Max Weston, 21 and a newly commissioned lance corporal, leaves home for his first posting in central Africa. Fiercely patriotic and a natural leader, he is eager to make a difference. He never comes back. His parents, Caroline and Andrew, are devastated by the death of their only child. Their grief threatens to overwhelm their marriage until the empty space between them is filled by the arrival of Andrew's ninety-eight-year-old mother, Elsa.
As Charles Redfern lies motionless in hospital, his wife Anne and daughter Charlotte are forced to confront their relationships with him - and with each other. Anne, once beautiful and clever, has paled in the shadow of her husband's dominance. Charlotte, meanwhile, is battling with her own inner darkness and is desperate to prevent her relationship with her not-yet-divorced lover from disintegrating.