I recently found this book at the library and was eager to read it, since it is hard to find non-Brother Cadfael books by Ellis Peters. I was happy to find it was as good as the Inspector Felse mystery series she wrote at the same time. Inspector Felse is not in it, but the plot is just as good. It reminded me of The House of Green Turf with it's unraveling of the past piece by piece.
It takes place in a tiny Austrian village where the WWII war hero returns after many decades to conduct the first performance of his new compositon, The Horn of Roland. Unfortunately, not only do old memories surface, but also new threats from the time of the Nazi occupation.
The mood is set, the characters seem real, the scenery is magnificent, the plot is believable, and the end is surprising. Just what you'd expect if you're a fan of Ellis Peters.