1820. Alice Lee, middle-aged and unmarried, takes in a young murderer, Zebediah Bailey, when he’s released from Durham gaol. Their acquaintance had begun when Alice’s local Methodist minister had asked his congregation if anybody would help the young man, and Alice had volunteered. Alice dutifully writes him every week, sending him sweets from her shop. And when Zeb comes out and has nowhere to go, Alice takes him back to Stanhope in Weardale with her, much to the horror of her neighbours.
A tale of an unlikely friendship set in the atmospheric world of 19th century Durham, this is the first in a new series set in Weardale.