Ninety year old General Fentiman is found dead in his usual chair at the Bellona Club. Normally, this would not cause a sensation, he had a bad heart, but his sister also died on the same day. Her will stipulated that if her brother died first, he would inherit almost a half a million dollars. If he did not, her cousin/companion, Ann Dorland, would inherit the bulk of her estate. The general's grandsons and heirs, Robert and George Fentiman, are now in a legal battle.
Lord Peter Wimsey has been asked to determine the time of the old man's death. Wimsey has suspicions about the death because of the scientific mannerisms of rigor mortis. He discovers that the general's body had been moved after death. An exhumation proves that General Fentiman was poisoned by an overdose of Digitalis, a heart medication. Only Robert seems to know the elusive Mr. Oliver who saw the old man the night before his death. George's wife also takes heart medication, and Ms. Dorland does not appear to be very mournful. All of the heirs are suspects and the doctor who treated the general. Through several false clues and tailing suspects, Lord Wimsey solves the murder of General Fentiman.
This report prepared by Marianna