I haven't read a Phyllis Whitney book in years. I now remember why. The stories are very similar. There is a young woman in a strange, usually wealthy, location. She enters an atmosphere filled with distrust, anger and hidden secrets. The secrets are just about to be revealed. There is a troubled man who distrusts the young woman, usually for no reason at all. This will lead to a light romance. There is a murder or two to make the atmosphere even scarier. Then the person who no one suspects, including the reader, is found to be the murderer. This book follows this model. It is easy to read and you will be surprised at the conclusion. Enjoy.