Cambridge University, 1888. The world of Miss Vanessa Duncan, a young schoolmistress, is shattered when a Fellow of Mathematics, Mr Akers, is found dead. Another death occurs and Vanessa's new love becomes a suspect. Convinced of his innocence, Vanessa sets about to clear his name.
"Much more than a Whodunnit!"
March, 1896. Motherhood and work as a private detective don't easily go hand-in-hand, but Vanessa is determined to give it a try, and she has been kept busy by a string of requests asking for her help in solving troubling cases. It is not often, though, that her investigations involve violent death. When three sombre professors knock on her door, Vanessa knows they have come in search of her help.
In her Cambridge garden on a balmy summer in 1898, Vanessa Weatherburn is startled by the abrupt arrival of her long-time friend, the journalist Patrick O'Sullivan. Eager to discover the identity of a beautiful young woman found floating in the River Cam, Pat has called on the one woman he knows is sure to be able to solve the mystery.