A Singular Sensation . . . Miss Elizabeth Carstairs, in the ordinary way of things, was a level-headed young lady, not given to flights of romantic foolishness. But when Mr. Frederick Ashfield arrived at Halliford Castle, after two years on the Continent, Lizzie's heart started a most alarming flutter that showed no signs of abating. What had been a schoolgirl's companionable liking had turned into something quite, quite different . . . but there was no time to ponder this shocking development, for things were in a dreadful state. Frederick had come straight from the Grange, his ancestral home, where he had visited -- and quarreled with -- his cousin, Viscount St. Vincent. And shortly after Frederick's abrupt departure, the Viscount had been discovered stabbed to death.
A Desperate Gamble . . . Frederick, having inherited the title, repaired to the Grange with Lizzie and the Duke and Duchess of Halliford. At the scene of the heinous crime, Lizzie provoked Frederick's lazy smile -- and something more -- as the young beauty's endeavors revealed an abundance of suspects, but a dismaying dearth of clues. Then Frederick suffered a near fatal "accident," and it was obvious what had to be done. To clear his name, Frederick must risk his very life -- and Lizzie's dearest hopes -- to trap a killer!