"That means that he'll be in prison maybe for yearshe'll lie under the stain of this all his life, it will be on him when he comes out. Well, that's no use to me!"
King's Elm House in Derbeyshire lies in the shade of a monstrous tree, which casts a skull-shaped shadow over the grounds on certain moonlit nights. The shadow is there on the night that Bannister Coote is murdered, crushed by a train after being thrown from a railway bridge near the estate. When Coote's cousin Brian Chalmers comes under suspicion, Sonia Neil faces a race against time to exonorate the man she loves. But how can Sonia prove anything when even Brian himself is convinced of his own guilt?
Originally published in 1934, this is an atmospheric murder mystery thriller from the golden age of crime fiction.