When one of her company falls ill on a return journey to Tyndal, Prioress Eleanor accepts lodging at a nearby manor. There, Master Stevyns's wife is having an affair with the groom, the master's eldest son and spouse are obsessed with sin and heaven, while his youngest son, bound for the church, unexpectedly returns with more interest in lute playing than the priesthood. It is no surprise when someone's throat is cut, the sheriff does all he can to avoid offending the family rather than seeking the real killer.
As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn't stressful enough, Grace's relationship status has become a dumpster fire. Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?
In the summer of 1273, Martin the cooper has been poisoned at the local inn in the village of Tyndal. He had plenty of enemies; the killer could be anyone. Bodies multiply. Suspects disappear. No one likes the direction the evidence points, but God’s justice must be rendered, even for the forsaken soul.
When an American stranger turns up claiming to be the rightful owner of the school's magnificent country estate it could spell trouble for everyone at St Bride's... No one can believe it when the headmistress, Hairnet, instantly accepts the stranger's claim, not:* the put-upon Bursar, ousted from his cosy estate cottage by the stranger* the enigmatic Max Security, raring to engage in a spot of espionage* the sensible Judith Gosling, who knows more about Lord Bunting than she's letting on* the irrepressible Gemma Lamb, determined to keep the school open. Only fickle maths teacher Oriana Bliss isn't suspicious of the stranger, after all she can just marry him and secure St Bride's future forever. That's if inventive pranks by the girls - and the school cat - don't drive him away first. Who will nab the stranger first? Oriana with the parson's noose? Gemma with sinister secrets? Or could this be the end of St Bride's?