By Anne Perry
A tender bridegroom enlists deepest investigator William Monk to trace down his fiancée, Miriam Gardiner, who disappeared unexpectedly from a celebration at a sumptuous Bayswater mansion. Monk quickly reveals the trainer during which Miriam fled and, within reach, the murdered physique of the coachman, yet there is not any hint of the younger passenger. What unusual compulsion may have pushed the gorgeous widow to desert the possibility of a loving marriage and monetary abundance? Monk and shrewdpermanent nurse Hester Latterly, themselves now newlyweds, desperately pursue the elusive truth—and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they've got scarcely began to fathom.