Frustratingly, Sir Theo’s circumstances are far from straightforward. He had invited his estranged family to visit and his murder took place on their first night beneath his roof. Greed and resentment seem like the obvious motives. Sir Theo was about to astound them all with the announcement of his engagement to Miss Cassandra Bradshaw, dashing his rapacious relations’ hopes of inheriting.
Riley has too many suspects and they all appear to have something to hide, especially Sir Theo’s long-standing servant and friend, Matthew Trent. As Riley and his dependable sergeant, Jack Salter, delve deeper they become convinced that the murder has something to do with the death in a house fire of Sir Theo’s parents twenty years previously. Had Sir Theo been delving into that unhappy event and could he have called his relations together to reveal his findings?
When his father’s long-standing secretary is killed the day after Theo, Riley must pit his wits against a wily and desperate individual who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks and retain his liberty. Can Riley keep his mind on the case and catch him before he strikes again…