It is the spring of 1563, and Susanna, Lady Appleton, wants only to tend to the medicinal herbs in the garden of her London townhouse. But the appearance of a mysterious veiled woman disrupts her plans. Is the woman just another mistress of Robert's, her forever-philandering husband? When the woman is found dead with a snapped neck in London's notorious brothel district, and her last known visitor was Robert, Lady Appleton is forced to investigate. As she delves deeper into the mystery she uncovers a string of murders of dark-haired women, all occurring on St. Mark's Day, and, most perplexing, all with a goose feather left by the bodies. For Susanna, nobody, not even her own husband, is above suspicion. "Authentic detailing, glimpses of historical characters, and a stand-out heroine will endear this to fans of historicals" Library Journal; "Creible characters and a convincingly detailed background make this a solid bet for historical mystery fans" Publishers Weekly--This text refers to the Paperback edition.