Murder before breakfast Lovely widow and mother Lady Priscilla Flanders has come to Bath with her daughter to attend a gathering of young people who are soon to be launched into the Polite World. Amid the social whirl of parties and dancing lessons, the atmosphere changes abruptly as one of their number is brutually dispatched and Priscilla is suddenly ensnared in a deadly game of intrigue and passion. . .
Handsome Sir Neville Hathaway had vowed never to entangle his life with one of the fair sex, yet he's losing his heart to the charming Priscilla. Accompanying her to a soiree, he's confronted by a notorious card cheat who challenges him to a duel. When the cad turns up already dead before dawn, Neville stands accused of his murder -- and engages Priscilla in a race against time to find a killer before he strikes again. . .