Three women, each with their own agenda, decide to meet up at at an isolated cottage in the North Pennines. When team leader Rachael arrives at the cottage she finds the body of her friend Bella Furness. It appears Bella has committed suicide, but Rachael refuses to accept this verdict.
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: An ingenious psychological suspense novel.At the isolated Baikie's Cottage on the North Pennines, three very different women come together. Three women who each know the meaning of betrayal . . . For team leader Rachael the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double-betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide . . . When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide - a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept. Only when the next death occurs does a fourth woman enter the picture - the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope...