Year after year, the villagers near Stanton Moor celebrate May Day with bonfires and the laying of rowan branches to seek protection for home and cattle. But the men who gathered this May evening hadn’t come for blessings. They had come for murder.
The dead body is discovered on a lonely moor, decapitated in the fashion of a Muslim killing of sacrificial sheep or chickens. Which focuses the suspicion on the Muslim community, since the victim and his family are Pakistanis. Does someone in the village resent these outsiders? Or is their small import shop too much competition for another local business?
On May Day evening, Brenna sees King Roper, a career criminal wanted for murder and for attacking Graham in a previous case. A frantic chase through the heather isn’t good enough, for King escapes, much to Brenna’s anger.
As fear over a second murder grips the villagers, the Team soon discovers this dead man may have had connections with a criminal gang.
And through the tangle of smugglers, murder, village secrets and a marriage proposal, Brenna fights to nab the one person who may be responsible for the trail of villainy that threatens to engulf everyone¾cop and villager alike¾connected with the moorland murders.
The 5th Peak District Series mystery
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