Mourning his wife, a man goes to stay with her sister (and husband) in a strange moated house, a house with a history of murder and treason. What follows is more than readable, but increasingly impenetrable. I could never decide whether it was a story of wartime treachery and betrayal, a murder mystery, or a ghost story.

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It has all three strands, but as they become increasingly entangled, I grew increasingly mystified and finished the book feeling as though somebody had not only just pulled the rug out from under my feet, but had then started beating me over the head with it.

Set in Stone has many enthusiastic reviews on Amazon, and Robert Goddard definitely knows how to keep you reading, but this one lost me completely.

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