DI Hillary Greene is feeling the strain. A sniper is on the loose, killing police officers all over the UK, and the atmosphere at Thames Valley Police HQ is understandably tense. But it is business as usual when a wealthy woman is found murdered in her home in the little village of Bletchingdon. Hillary soon learns that suspects are thick on the ground.
When an elderly lady is stabbed to death in her own home, DI Hillary Greene is instantly puzzled. The house doesn't appear to have been robbed - and Flo Jenkins was well liked by her neighbours; she hadn't an enemy in the world.
When Wayne Sutton's body is found in a beautiful summer meadow, his head bashed in and a red paper heart left callously on his body, DI Hillary Greene is not surprised to learn that the handsome young artist had a reputation as a heartless Casanova. Moreover, she quickly learns that any number of the middle-aged, usually married and always wealthy women who regularly bought his canvases, might have reason for wanting him dead.