In this second outing for lepidopterist Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker, they find themselves at loose ends after a canceled research trip abroad. But not for long – a summons from Queen Victoria’s daughter requires them to race the clock to find the true murderer of a painter – before the person arrested for the crime is hanged. From society gatherings to an undertaker’s office, Veronica and Stoker gather clues and ferret out secrets – but will they survive to complete their task?
— Reviewed by Linda Stewart, Main Library
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