Ballantine, Sep 2004, 25.95, 352 pp.
In 1915, though they remain in mourning over the vehicular murder of their parents, the Reavley brothers and sisters continue to their efforts to help England at war with the Kaiser. Joseph serves as a chaplain in the trench warfare in Belgium and France. Judith works as a driver and translator for General Cullingsford, who leads the English Expeditionary Force fighting in these trenches. Matthew is in London working Intel while trying to uncover information on the mythical power broker Peacemaker, who he believes is the killer of his parents and the broker of a Kaiser King alliance.
Joseph finds the corpse of detested journalist Eldon Prince, Cullingsford's nephew, who apparently died at the hands of “friendly” fire. Though he would prefer to ignore this homicide, Joseph investigates, which makes his preaching more difficult to his already disbelieving flock, who are pleased with Eldon's death. His sister wonders if her employer whom she is in love with could have arranged the murder of his odious relative.
Judith and Joseph work a murder investigation with the backdrop of the horrors of war, especially trench warfare. In England, Matthew continues his inquiries into the Peacemaker.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner