There hadn't been a murder in Chredicombe in over a h umdred hears, until someone poisoned old Mrs Randall. Her servants revealed that at Christmas the old lady argued with her grandson Hugo. Her servanats testified that on Boxing Day she cut Hugo out of her will and made her penniless good child Fran Gifford her sole heir.
The local constabulary noted that on New Year's Eve someone made Mrs Randall a hot Toddy and spiked with deadly foxglove. Fran Gifford was in custody the next afternoon.
Just two days before trial, Anthony Maitland took the case for the defense. But as soon as Naitland started hunting about for new evidence, a shot in he dark made the crime the most difficult test yet of his courtroom skills... and his ability to stay alive.