What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful
widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and
Monkâ€™s attempt to answer the question proves a challenge,
as Miriam Gardinerâ€™s fateful flight ends in a packed London
courtroom where brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone wages
an uphill battle to absolve her from a charge of murder.
And in a race with the hangman, Monk and clever nurse
Hester Latterly â€“ themselves now newlyweds â€“ desperately
pursue the elusive truth . . . and an unknown killer whose
malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.