When Ethel Griggs died suddenly in the Australian country town of Omeo in January 1928, rumours about her husband's blatant affair with Lottie, the lovely twenty-year-old daughter of local Methodist elder, Jack Condon, were rife. So rife that despite a doctor's certificate suggesting natural causes, police ordered Ethel Grigg's body to be exhumed and the young mother of eleven-month-old baby Alwyn was found to have died from arsenic poisoning. Her husband, the Rev. Ron Griggs, the district's Methodist minister, was charged with her cruel and heartless murder...In this novel, based on the true story, Reg Egan has recreated the town, its people, the atmosphere and the love affair that intrigued and shocked the whole of Australia. This is a true crime story that is as brutal and shocking today as it was in 1928.