Georgian London, 1760. A world of high fashion and even
higher spirits—but also of squalid back alleys, violent
quarrels, and shadowy intrigues.
It is private tutor Robert Fairfax's mission to see that
troublesome Matthew Hemsley matures into a fine, young
gentleman and that he comes to no harm during his first
season in London. But Matthew is soon smitten with Miss
Lucy Dove, the toast of Covent Garden's stage. And, after
saving her from a crazed attacker, he receives an
invitation to Lucy's private apartments. In the morning,
she is found strangled—and Matthew is found on her doorstep
in a drunken blackout.
Now, Fairfax must save his young pupil—and his own
livelihood and reputation. For one thing, if Lucy already
had a lover of great wealth and standing, why did she
summon Matthew? For another—unless the real murderer is
caught—Matthew will surely hang.
Seductive Lucy Dove is the toast of the London stage in
1760-until she is strangled. When lovestruck Matthew
Helmsley is found drunk on her doorstep, private tutor and
amateur sleuth Robert Fairfax must save his young pupil
from the hangman...