The Nightingale's Nest : Left a young widow by the Great War, the resourceful Pamela Griffe goes to work for the Jarvises, a charmingly eccentric couple whose Highgate house is a mecca for artists. She is particularly drawn to the work of waiflike Suzannah Murchie, and to the subject of one of her portraits, John Ashe. Ashe is a man of contradictions - handsome but horribly disfigured; philanthropic but ruthless; influential but secretive. When Pamela accepts employment with him, she becomes aware that she has entered into a pact with the devil - a pact which she gradually determines to turn to her own advantage . . .