In this unusual murder mystery, the tranquility of Saint Mary’s Abbey is shattered by the discovery of a gruesome crime in a cottage on the abbey grounds. A foreign artist and war hero seeking refuge from the world has been murdered. Marie Paige, the frail, sickly wife of the village doctor, lies beside him beaten into a coma. The police arrest Marie’s husband, convinced that they are looking at a passion. But Dr. Paige finds himself with an unlikely champion: Fr. Gabriel, a blundering but brilliant Benedictine priest who believes in his innocense and feels compelled to search for the truth. It is not long before Fr. Gabriel and his companions find themselves embarking on a dangerous into the victims troubled war histories and a chapter of Europe’s bloodiest conflict that is almost too terrible to be acknowledged. Paper.