A Victorian Murder Mystery.
Inspector Pitt is enjoying an all-too-rare night out at the theater when, in a neighbouring box, Judge Stafford collapses. Investigations prove that he has been poisoned by opium. Suspicion finally falls on the immediate family, but Pitt soon discovers another powerful motive: Stafford had been re-examining one of his old cases, the controversial hanging of a Jewish actor.
Pitt finds himself embroiled in a hunt for a devious murderer whilst needing to avoid causing offence tot he honour of the judiciary. Adding to his dilemma is the powerful streak of anti-Semitism in Society - a seemingly impossible situation, until the aristocratic Charlotte Pitt uses her connections to weave behind the hypocrisies and reveal the vital evidence.