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When his friend is accused of murder, scholar Justin Rutherford vows to solve the deadly puzzle…
At a fashionable London ball, the unpopular but entertaining Society gossip Marmaduke Yarnton is found dead in the cloakroom — strangled with his own cravat. Having argued with him shortly before, Lord Velmond finds himself the prime murder suspect.
Determined to clear his name, Velmond’s scholarly friend Justin Rutherford teams up with his niece, Anthea, and the Bow Street police to find the murderer.
But Justin soon finds that everyone has something to hide – even Velmond’s seemingly virtuous new wife, Lucy. And as he delves deeper into the mystery, Justin uncovers a web of deceit, buried scandals and blackmail…