Publication: NP: LeRoy Journal Printing Company, 1915,
First edition. Signed by the author. Fine in dust jacket. Ruth Galloway's friend Cathbad is house-sitting in the Norfolk village of Walsingham, famous as a center for pilgrimages to the Virgin Mary. He sees a strange vision of a young woman dressed in blue he thinks may be the Madonna herself. The next morning the woman's body, dressed in a white nightdress and blue dressing gown, is found in a ditch outside Walsingham. DCI Nelson and his team are called in and establish that the dead woman was a recovering addict being treated at a nearby private hospital. Ruth, a devout atheist, has managed to avoid Walsingham during her years in Norfolk. But then an old university friend, Hilary Smithson, asks to meet her in the village. Ruth is amazed to discover that her friend is now a priest and has been receiving scathing anonymous letters targeting women priests - letters containing references to local archaeology and a striking phrase about a woman clad in blue, weeping for the world. Then another woman is murdered.
Inventory Number: 40251