In common with Macardle’s earlier fiction, Dark Enchantment uses a country’s conflicted history to fashion a tale of superstition through which to view the status quo. The country in this case is France, just after the second world war. Protagonist Juliet Cunningham pitches up in the picturesque village of Saint Jacques, dizzyingly high in the Maritime Alps, to spend a holiday with her father Frith. Frith, a well-known but underemployed actor, has had little to do with his now grown-up daughter since divorcing her mother, who later died after gambling away the family money in Monte Carlo casinos. The father/daughter dynamic is deceptively jaunty but it is clear that, with the world still in a postwar fug, it is every person for themselves.