London 1872. All of society is on tenterhooks. One of its members has the audacity to sell tattle to a gossip magazine. Reputations and worse are being ruined and those with something to hide fear they will be the gossip’s next target.
When Lord Riley Rochester, Chief Inspector in Scotland Yard’s Detective Department, is called to the murder of James Nesbitt, a solicitor’s clerk, it becomes apparent that it is he who wrote the offending column. Since he is not a member of the aristocracy, it follows that someone within its ranks must be feeding him the necessary information.
Any one of Nesbitt’s victims could have sought the ultimate form of revenge, but how did they discover his identity when he had been so careful to keep it secret?
Riley and his trusty sergeant, Jack Salter, dig deeper into the victim’s life and discover a plethora of reasons for the murder that have nothing to do with gossip. Fighting against the bitter weather and his worries about Amelia, who is close to giving birth to his second child, Riley has more suspects than he can cope with, each with a compelling reason to kill Nesbitt. But Riley has no firm evidence against any of them.
Will Riley solve his most complex case yet…