Chord of Evil
by Sarah Rayne

A mysterious 1940s’ portrait leads researcher Phineas Fox to uncover a devastating wartime secret in this chilling novel of suspense.

Phineas Fox finds it impossible to refuse when his sport-loving neighbour Toby begs for his help in finding out what’s happened to his cousin Arabella, who seems to have disappeared without trace. The only clue to her whereabouts is an obscure 1940s’ portrait left in her flat, a gift from her godfather, Stefan. The painting depicts the mysterious Christa Klein, Stefan’s sister – and an alleged murderess.

Was Christa Klein really guilty of a monstrous crime? What exactly happened within brooding Wewelsburg Castle back in 1941? And what does it have to do with Arabella’s disappearance? As Phin delves further, he uncovers evidence of a lost piece of music and a devastating wartime secret: an atrocity whose repercussions reach to the present day.


Rayne at first presents a murky, multilayered picture but masterfully draws out the suspense by progressively revealing the underlying truths

Kirkus Reviews

Readers who enjoy sniffling out clues and trying to solve the mystery before the solution is revealed will have a fine time


To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement, I loved it. Mysteries where the solution is found by unlocking secrets in the past always fascinate me. This one is one of the best. A real page turner. Highly recommended

Mystery People

Will keep the reader guessing to the end

Publishers Weekly

Sarah Rayne

Sarah Rayne is the author of many novels of psychological and supernatural suspense, including the Nell West & Michael Flint series, the Phineas Fox mysteries and the Theatre of Thieves mysteries. She lives in Staffordshire.

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Chord of Evil by Sarah Rayne is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278874121st December 2017145 X 220mm256$28.99
Hardback978072788741231st August 2017145 X 220mm256£21.99
Ebook97817801091691st December 2017N/A256$6.99
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