When a teenage girl is strangled and left for dead on a lonely country lane by an attacker she describes as having the head of a dog, the police are baffled. But when the body of another young woman is found mutilated and wrapped in a white linen sheet, DI Wesley Peterson suspects that the killer is performing an ancient ritual linked to Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god of death and mumification.
Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson has been called to Varley Castle to catalogue the collection of Edwardian amateur Egyptologist Sir Frederick Varley. As his research progresses, Neil discovers that Wesley's strange murder case bears sinister similarities to four murders that took place near Varley Castle in 1903 - murders said to have been committed by Sir Frederick's son.
As the Jackal Man's identity remains a frustrating enigma, it seems that the killer has yet another victim in mind. A victim close to Wesley Peterson himself...
"Complex and surprsing, this 15th Peterson novel will delight Ellis's many fans" - The Guardian
"Kate Ellis just gets better and better, the slow unfolding of the past as the current investigation proceeds is masterly. Highly recommended" - Eurocrime
"This is my kind of mysery... to say I loved it is an understatement - for all you puzzle solvers out there this is for you" - Mystery Women