Blood and hair and broken glass on stone steps, a disappeared lady's maid in a household near Greenwich. Special Branch Commander Pitt is called in because Owner Dudley Kynaston is 'deeply involved in matters of naval defense.'
Rosalind Kynaston is puzzled, but all Ailsa, Mrs. Bennett Kynaston, the Dudley's widowed sister-in-law, and uncharitable piece of work can say is, how dare maid, Kitty Ryder, meet someone unsuitable so close to the house and if she does return she should be dismissed.Was the hair and blood evident of an argument, or something more dire?
That's what Pitt and the stalwart Stoker have to ascertain. We learn more about who Stoker is in this volume. One's heart warms to this man!
There are other high up persons and offices interested in what's going on. Edam Talbot for one. Things spiral out in concentric rings from here to a surprising end.
I sympathized with what Charlotte is undergoing. Her sadness that sharing in Pitt's cases as she used to is less possible with his new position. Not that that slows her down too much.
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