The Butterfly Catchers is a haunting historical mystery with a warped love triangle and a triple murder at its heart.
In 1925, Joel Tremethick has achieved his ten-year ambition: a place at Cambridge to read law. As a scholarship student from a poor background, he is inevitably an outsider to its glittering social circles, and is more interested in making headway with his studies than in fighting for prestige. But that is changed when he meets Robert Herwood and Antigone Lands, each of whom he worships in one form or another, and makes the mistake of introducing. Although Antigone chooses his best friend over him, Joel is drawn further in to the unhealthy, adulatory, manipulative relationship which exists between the two and begins to realise that they need him as part of the increasingly unbalanced pairing.
When he is accused, seven years later, of murdering them, none of the couple’s resentful friends have any difficulty in believing him guilty. It is only Robert’s sister, briefly Joel’s lover before the murders, who is belatedly convinced of his innocence and fights to save him.
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