Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is still having problems left over from WWI. The extremely verbal ghost of Hamish MacLeod, a man he was forced to execute, continues to haunt his mind. Then he is asked to go to Scotlandthe home of Hamishon an important case.

Lady Maude Gray is looking for her daughter Eleanor, who vanished in 1916. Eleanor, a suffragette, had words with Maude before she vanished. The corpse of a young woman has been discovered in a Scottish village and Rutledge is to handle the difficult subject of murder very gently with the powerful Lady Maude.

Worse yet, Rutledge discovers that the woman accused of murdering Eleanorand taking her newborn babyis Fiona MacDonald, the fiancie of Hamish Mac-Leod. Fiona refuses to tell him who the babys father is, making his investigation even more difficult. Ian knows that if he does not clear Fiona, Hamish will never let him rest.

LEGACY OF THE DEAD is a compelling story that truly gets under the skin. The mystery is superb but it is Rutledges inner agonies that claim our interest and hold us fast until the last, chilling page. (Oct., 320 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg