Cowardly Witness simmers with secrets and suspense.Matthew Poe is the only witness in a case of murder and corruption in the lead mining industry. After an attempt is made on his life, he seeks refuge at Pemberley. Mr. Darcy, bound by honour and duty to his King and country, agrees to take him in, though his presence puts everyone at Pemberley in danger—including Darcy’s new bride, Elizabeth. When Mr. Poe’s secret is revealed with disastrous consequences, will Darcy succeed in protecting his loved ones and the witness, or will he be forced to choose between family and honour? In Cowardly Witness, Ayr Bray masterfully creates a world around Pemberley electrified with the excitement and intrigue of a riveting suspense story.
Cowardly Witness is the first book in the Pemberley collection.
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When Darcy entered Elizabeth's chambers that night he found her sitting by the window in the near-dark. Any master could have painted her thus, sitting half in shadow looking out at the darkness beyond her window. The only light in the room was the fire in the grate, which illuminated the folds of her dressing robe. Her head was bowed, her forehead pressed against the window frame, and her hands folded in her lap. Her expression, tight-lipped and sad, tugged at his heart.
It pained him to see Elizabeth looking so disconsolate. Her carefree nature and zest for life were contagious, and there were few times when Darcy had seen her without a smile. Now, however, her smile was gone. The red tip of her nose and the puffiness under her eyes revealed her failed attempt to stem another tide of tears.
Darcy noticed the vase full of tulips Elizabeth had picked that morning sitting in the centre of the little table by the window. It seemed like an eternity ago when he had stood and admired her as she gathered the fragrant flowers. The day that had begun so promisingly had rapidly deteriorated after breakfast.
"Let me help you to bed," Darcy said, laying a comforting hand on her shoulder.
She turned her head away from the window and kissed the back of his hand.
"I cannot sleep. My mind is in far too much turmoil."
Darcy hated to see Elizabeth in this restless state of anxiety, caught up in dwelling on events outside her control. She worried for nothing. "Come lie down. I will rub your back to help you relax."
He coaxed her away from the window, helped her remove her dressing gown, and turned down the blankets so she could climb beneath their warm folds. Then he got in beside her and drew her close.
Elizabeth nestled into the crook of his arm, half-draping herself over him, and gladly accepted his loving ministrations. His hands were warm against her chilled skin, and the sheer comfort of his physical presence soothed her troubled spirit. Even so, fully half an hour went by before her steady breathing indicated she was at last asleep. Darcy lay awake for some time after.
He would never confess it to his wife, but the possible consequences of Mr. Poe's presence in the house weighed just as heavily on his mind as on hers. They knew so little of the man. Though he truly did not fear attack from the outside, the theft of the letter opener and Mr. Reynolds's suspicion had caused him no little concern.
He was duty-bound to protect Mr. Poe from discovery; he only hoped it would not become necessary to protect his household from Mr. Poe. With this in mind, he resolved to learn more about him on the morrow. ...
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Book Description Rhemalda Publishing, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111936850915