Pauline Brent is found hanged from a tree in a churchyard. What first seems like suicide soon turns into a murder investigation for DS Wesley Peterson and DI Gerry Heffernan. Wesley's friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, discovers the skeleton of a young woman who seems to have suffered the same fate centuries ago. Could there be some sort of connection between the two?
There are plenty of people with secrets to hide in the area and it starts to seem as though nearly everyone is a possible suspect. The police cannot find anything out about Pauline Brent and this makes their case even harder to solve. Then a young man who may have seen something on the night of the murder disappears and the police are even more puzzled.
I enjoyed this story with its many strands both past and present. The series characters are developing well and it is really enjoyable to find police personnel who get on with and support each other rather than constantly trying to do each other down. There are a few niggles between them to stop it being too cloying but the relationships seem to bear more resemblance to real life than many crime novels do.