Diana's Altar (Joe Sandilands, Book 13) by Barbara Cleverly

By Barbara Cleverly

Cambridge, October 1933. contained in the outdated All Hallows Church on All Hallows' Eve, surgeon Adelaide Hartest bears witness to the ultimate moments of a demise stranger. regardless of the dagger plunged into the stranger's chest, the demise is governed a suicide, compounded by way of a proper confession prior to death.
 
The sufferer, it's printed, is understood to Scotland backyard, and Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands is shipped all of the manner from London to enquire. Thrown right into a lethal ring of cloak-and-dagger politics and high-society hedonism, Sandilands needs to discover the reality ahead of the Hellfire membership, an elite society composed of intelligentsia and aristocrats, topples the associations and harms the folks he has sworn to protect—especially one he has come to actually love.

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