In the murder mystery, Beatrice's Secret, the well-known van Fladeland family of Bruges, Belgium claims their daughter Beatrice has died in Dallas, Texas from a congenital heart disease, when in fact she has been brutally murdered there. Nothing was stolen from the house or her art gallery business to suggest a reason for her being killed. In the course of searching for his wife’s killer, Richard Berger is also searching to learn why she spent part of her life so separate from him and was maybe killed for it. Maybe she said nothing about her other life in Belgium because she wanted to shelter him from the evil she expected would come. Maybe she wanted him to live the academic life, free to spend his time teaching and writing. Maybe she kept him out of the loop because she realized she was at a point of no return and did not want to drag him into her personal cause. Maybe, maybe, maybe.