Harry Probert-Lloyd has inherited the estate of Glanteifi and appointed his assistant John as under-steward. But his true vocation, to be coroner, is under threat.
Against his natural instincts, Harry must campaign if he is to be voted as coroner permanently by the local people and politicking is not his strength.
On the hustings, Harry and John are called to examine the body of Nicholas Rowland, a radical and pioneering schoolteacher whose death may not be the accident it first appeared.
What was Rowland’s real relationship with his eccentric patron, Miss Gwatkyn? And why does Harry’s rival for the post of coroner deny knowing him?
Harry’s determination to uncover the truth threatens to undermine both his campaign and his future.
Read Alis’s interview with Historia, in which she talks about the background to her Teifi Valley Coroner series of 19th-century crime novels as well as about her medieval mystery fiction, including the recently-published The Black and the White.