Paul Varonne had been dead for six months, yet at Chateau Varonne reminders of him were still evident. Living there was his mother, who still believed him alive and Chantal, his amoral cousin. Into this brooding atmosphere comes Paul's widow, Francesca, after a nervous breakdown. When she meets Peter Devlin, an Englishman staying in the village, it seems that happiness is within her grasp - until she learns the staggering truth about the chateau and its inhabitants.
Used availability for Georgina Ferrand's Phoenix in the Ashes
September 1974 : UK Hardback
June 2008 : UK Paperback