a stabbing in a nightclub in London
a murder in a bar brawl in Cape Colony, South Africa
the running of illegal rum from Jamaica to America
a man was pushed in front of a tram
a man was stabbed in the laburnum walk
a man was stabbed near a lake
a woman was given an abortificant against her will and against the law
The murderer was an hotelier in financial difficulty, trying to obscure the order of children born to a couple in the early C19th so that he can inherit a fortune. He was caught when his clothes made no sense.
The detective was Daisy Dalrymple, a minor aristocrat unable to inherit her family’s fortune due to the laws of primogeniture. Married to a leading detective at Scotland Yard, she wears a navy costume – the skirt below the knee, a silk blouse in a blue paisley pattern, and a speedwell-blue cloche hat.