- originally published in 1990
- #1 in the Inspector Ramsay series
Who hung the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Halloween Party?
Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn. Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster’s enigmatic wife but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence.
With the help of his restless daughter Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn, and uncovers a cesspit of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness .
- RAVEN BLACK - Shetland #1
- WHITE NIGHTS - Shetland#2
- RED BONES - Shetland #3
- 5.0, BLUE LIGHTNING - Shetland#4
- 5.0, DEAD WATER - Shetland#5
- 4.6, THIN AIR - Shetland #6
- 4.3, MURDER IN PARADISE - Palmer-Jones series #3
- TELLING TALES (Vera Stanhope) #2
- 4.8, SILENT VOICES, (Vera Stanhope) #4
- 5.0, THE GLASS ROOM (Vera Stanhope) #5
- 4.9, HARBOUR STREET (Vera Stanhope) #6
- 4.5, BURIAL OF GHOSTS - stand-alone
- 4.8, THE MOTH CATCHER (Vera Stanhope #7)
- 4.4, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE (Quick Reads)
- 4.7, THE SEAGULL - (Vera Stanhope #8)
- 4.6, THE LONG CALL - Two Rivers #1
- 4.9, THE DARKEST EVENING (Vera #9)