Winner of the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel
A hot summer on the Northumberland Coast, and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. This stylised murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But then a second body – that of beautiful young teacher Lily Marsh – is discovered in yet another watery, flower bestrewn grave, and Vera and her colleagues must work quickly to find this dramatist, this killer who is making art out of death . . .