Seduction and murder. Adam Traywick may be capable of both. In this celebrated gothic romance, will Miranda be the next victim of Barrett s Hill? When her father s will sends strong-willed, irreverent Miranda to the New England estate of nearby Barrett s Hill to live under the guardianship of her elder cousin the sour Reverend Smathers and his scheming family, trouble quickly brews. Two decades earlier a murder took place on Barrett s Hill, and the suspects are few. Miranda s spirited investigation raises the fear of public scandal among her hypocritical relatives the Reverend s alcoholic wife and viciously manipulative daughter especially since the suspects are the Reverend, his toadying assistant Fathimore, Miranda s own father, and the darkly irresistible Adam Traywick. Adam turns his masterful charms on Miranda, and she falls in love. Yet as it becomes clear she s provoked the killer s survival instincts, with herself his target, she can t help wondering if Adam is seducing her or planning her murder.