Thomas Tapley is dead, brutally bludgeoned in his lodgings. Thomas was elderly, apparently without friends or family, and living on a restricted income. What possible motive could there be? But
very soon all these accepted notions are turned on their heads.
There is a daughter, a fortune, a French lady who arrives to make an extraordinary claim, a private investigator who learned his trade in the USA with the Pinkerton Agency, a poverty stricken
milliner and an eccentric taxidermist, to say nothing of a distinguished barrister and a mystery man who appears to be following Lizzie, wife of Inspector Ross. All these people have a piece to
contribute to the puzzle of Thomas Tapley.