In the second installment of Perry's World War I series, Joseph Reavley is working as a chaplain on the western front. His brother Matthew, an intelligence officer, is trying to find the person who hired an assassin to murder their parents. Sister Judith is a Voluntary Aid dispenser and currently a driver for General Cullingford. Though the two are attracted to one another, their love remains unrequited.

When Cullingford's nephew, news correspondent Eldon Prentice, is discovered drowned along the front, Joseph wants to find out who was responsible for the death of the abrasive reporter. Prentice's enemies seemed to outnumber his friends—he attempted to blackmail his uncle and engaged in a fistfight with an American V.A.D. after an improper outburst over a soldier's horrific injuries.

Sights and sounds of the battlefield permeate this historically detailed mystery. Perry scores once again as she skillfully weaves intriguing characters into this seamlessly plotted novel. (Oct., 352 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick