'Shades of The Wicker Man, with a touch of Agatha Christie. Superb' Daily Mail
When human remains are discovered at an old primary school on Sanday, one of Britain's northernmost islands, forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod arrives to excavate the grave. Approaching midwinter, she finds daylight in short supply, the weather inhospitable and a growing hostility from some of the local residents. When the suspicious death of an old man in Glasgow appears to have links with the island, DS Michael McNab is dispatched to join the investigation on Sanday.
As the weather closes in, the team - including criminal profiler Professor Magnus Pirie - are presented with a series of unexplained incidents, apparently linked to the discovery of thirteen flowers representing the souls of dead children who once lived on the island. But in what circumstances did they die? And why are their long-forgotten deaths significant to the current investigation?
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