The Hanged Man is the latest historical novel from Andree Rushton.
The author takes their readers to Castignac which is a gorgeous farmhouse in South-West France. It's been turned into a holiday home for a group of British holidaymakers.
The idyllic situation was brought to an abrupt and tragic end with the totally unexpected death of Ian, one of the members of the group.
This has overwhelmed the once happy associations that the surviving members of the group fwlt for Castignac and they take the decision to sell the house.
But group member Tessa has an uneasy feeling that there is more to the situation that they know and she is determined to try to learn more to uncover any secrets that she somehow senses are hidden beneath the surface.
How is the present day linked with the past? What does the story of a previous inhabitant of the farmhouse have to do with the present day situation?
It appears that one person does have all the answers that Tessa is seeking. But he has secrets of his own. Can Tessa learn what she needs to learn about what happened at the farmhouse?
This is a very intelligently written novel which will be enjoyed by people who like reading good fiction. (Put it in their stocking this Christmas!)
It's published by The Book Guild at £8.99.