An Extract from CAPABLE OF MURDER - this is the setting near Bath, Somerset for a tense conversation between Belinda Lawrence and Mark Sallinger.
Brooding mists camouflaged the Palladian house and the land that fell away before it. Around the bridge over the lake the mists intensified but even through this vaporous shroud Belinda could see the beauty of the landscape.
Mark had been delivering a knowledgeable commentary since their arrival at Prior Park and Belinda, recalling his historical diatribe at dinner recently, was not surprised at the extent of his knowledge.
‘1760,’ was his answer to Belinda’s question. ‘He was about forty-five when he created the gardens here at Prior Park. The first thing he would have done was restore the landscape to its natural regional features.’
Belinda nodded. ‘Jacob says that Brown expressed in his gardens the ideal English landscape.’
Mark looked askance at her. ‘Does he indeed? Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he? I’m surprised you didn’t ask him to show you around here.’
‘Actually, I did.’
‘I thought as much. What happened? Did he stand you up?’
Belinda shot him a withering look. ‘Jacob is staying in Wells. I don’t know when he will be home.’
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