The sudden death of his parents in 1914 in an automobile wreck badly shakes Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley. Even more disturbing, the crash wasn't an accident and connects to his father's unexplained possession of a sensitive document—containing information about a conspiracy that could ruin England. But the document has gone missing, and since the situation is so perilous and the political climate in Europe so charged, Joseph lets his brother, an intelligence officer, investigate.

Then one of Joseph's students is murdered, and the local police are ineffectual. Quietly, he begins his own inquiries, and in the process learns as much about himself as he does about the deceased. One thing shortly becomes clear: Things at Cambridge are not as they seem.

Quite different from her previous books, Perry's NO GRAVES AS YET still contains her signature elements: strong atmosphere, finely detailed characterizations and a brain-teasing whodunit. (Sep., 352 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer