A Pattern of Lies

An explosion and fire at the Ashton Gunpowder Mill in Kent has killed over a hundred men. It’s called an appalling tragedy—until suspicion and rumor raise the specter of murder. While visiting the Ashton family, Bess Crawford finds herself caught up in a venomous show of hostility that doesn’t stop with Philip Ashton’s arrest. Indeed, someone is out for blood, and the household is all but under siege.

The only known witness to the tragedy is now at the Front in France. Bess is asked to find him. When she does, he refuses to tell her anything that will help the Ashtons. Realizing that he believes the tissue of lies that has nearly destroyed a family, Bess must convince him to tell her what really happened that terrible Sunday morning. But now someone else is also searching for this man.

To end the vicious persecution of the Ashtons, Bess must risk her own life to protect her reluctant witness from a clever killer intent on preventing either of them from ever reaching England.





Other books by Charles Todd

A Pattern of Lies Hunting Shadows A Fine Summer's Day The Maharani's Pearl An Unwilling Accomplice A Question of Honor The Walnut Tree Proof of Guilt An Unmarked Grave The Confession A Bitter Truth A Lonely Death An Impartial Witness The Red Door Duty to the Dead A Matter of Justice A Pale Horse A False Mirror A Long Shadow A Cold Treachery The Murder Stone A Fearsome Doubt Watchers of Time Legacy of the Dead Search the Dark Wings of Fire A Test of Wills