Even before the terrible events of the spring of the year '74 Miss Unwin had regretted, frequently and sometimes bitterly, her decision to accept the post of governess to Mr. Richard Partington's two motherless girls.
When Harriet Unwin reluctantly begins her governess position at Harrow Road, she is appalled by the state of the house. Little food, minimal wages, and no comfort, it is clear that the Partingtons are struggling financially. But while Richard and his daughters have been living in near poverty, his father has been hoarding a sizable fortune beneath the floorboards of the very house.
When the senior Mr. Partington dies suddenly and suspiciously, the secret fortune is outed. To Scotland Yard, the case seems open and shut: money-hungry Richard discovered his father's wealth and poisoned him to inherit the fortune.
But Harriet is sure that the police are closing in on the wrong man. But who else would have the motive to murder the old man? With the clock ticking and the gallows approaching, Harriet needs to piece together the mystery lest Richard face a terrible fate.
About the Author
A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Keating moved to London to work as a journalist for The Daily Telegraph before reviewing crime novels for The Times for fifteen years. However, writing eventually became his full-time profession. In addition to his crime novels, he wrote non-fiction and edited numerous books in the crime genre, and also completed a biography of Dame Agatha Christie, entitled Agatha Christie: First Lady of Crime.
Keating's contribution to crime fiction was significant and spanned over forty years: publishing twenty-six books following Inspector Ghote of the Mumbai Police, alongside an abundance of standalone or other series fiction. His later novels focus on UK police detectives whose human weaknesses adversely affect their work.
Alongside writing, Keating served as Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and of the Society of Authors, and was elected President of the Detection Club in 1987. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and received the George N. Dove Award and Cartier Diamond Dagger Award in 1995 and 1996, respectively, for outstanding services to crime literature. He died in March 2011 at the age of eighty-four.