When playboy Charles Blakewell is found murdered in the garden house of his parents' mansion, a servant girl with whom he has been having an affair is charged and imprisoned. But Juliana Pyke, crusader for the rights of women, is convinced the girl is innocent. Enlisting Wellington Cotter in her campaign to have the Blakewell case reopened, together they discover evidence of intrigue and conspiracy involving some of Sydney's most respected and wealthy citizens.
A reluctant Wellington Cotter is summoned from retirement to investigate Bennington's death. As he quietly sifts the evidence, he finds someunexpected facts involving Bennington's strong-willed daughter, his philandering nephew, and a young man caught with his hand in the till of Bennington's company.
Cotter must balance their motives and alibies to come up with the truth - which has unexpected consequences.
Reissmann and his wife run a struggling musical academy in Sydney. They have too few pupils and too many financial problems. And nobody seems to have a reason for putting cyanide in Reissman's beer. But Wellington Cotter discovers that several people have secrets: Reissmann's daughter Helena, the enigmatic musician Maurice Vail, young and helpful cellist Harry Dalgliesh.
Cotter than begins to unravel a strange tale of thwarted ambition and dynastic revenge.
About the Author
Martin Long's career has reflected his two main interests - writing and music. He studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney before becoming a journalist - a music and film critic, feature writer, features editor and leader writer. He has pursued musicological studies as a hobby and has published work on Elizabethan and Jacobean music.