Jove, Feb 2005, 7.99, 368 pp.
Queen Victoria grieves the loss of her beloved Albert and the members of Polite Society emulate her wearing mourning jewelry. When Adam Hardesty enters medium Elizabeth Delmont's home, he finds her dead, her skull crushed by a poker. She is wearing a wedding veil and brooch with a broken pocket watch nearby stopped at 12 o'clock.
The next day Adam visits Caroline Fordyce who attended a sťance at the victim's home just hours before the murder occurred. He asks Caroline if she took a diary that belonged to the medium because he does not want secrets about his past to come out. Caroline insists she does not have it and fears her secrets will become known. She persuades Adam to allow her to join him on his investigation. When a second medium is murdered, the broken watch left behind at the crime scene has Adam's name on it. Caroline provides Adam with an alibi. As they continue to make inquiries, they become lovers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner