The Prince Regent wants to consult South about a series of very expensive and rare paintings he wants to buy for his collection. South discovers they were forged. There are even more strange happenings in the city. Two seemingly unrelated happenings. Could the clue be in the gilded frame?
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Hundreds of innocent lives are in danger, as a black tendril of murder and crime unfurls above the gloomy London skies. But the Marquess of Southerton has no idea where to look for the culprit. All he has is a note threatening his wife's life, and the whispers of a dying man. He doesn't even have a name.
A duchess has been stolen from her bed in the middle of the night. The Marquess of Southerton happens upon the scene, only to find the entire chamber bathed in blood. Who did this violence? And how is it connected to his own wife's near murder? Things are not what they seem in the dark, foggy, crime-plagued streets of Regency London.
Members of the House of Lords are turning up murdered in their beds all over London. Lord Southerton is investigating the connection that links them, when an orphaned girl turns up on his doorstep. Now South is now more determined than ever to find the killer, but he's always one step behind him. How will the killings ever stop, unless he catches him?
The Marquess of Southerton is determined to catch the ruthless killer who has spread death and destruction in Regency London. But will his secret plan succeed? And who will save him if the criminal proves too clever, even for him?