By Edward Marston
An exquisitely designed silver coffee-pot within the form of a locomotive is on its technique to Cardiff within the care of the younger, gifted silversmith, Hugh Kellow. it's been commissioned through prosperous ironmaster Clifford Tomkins for his acquisitive spouse, who wishes it to be the envy of all her pals – and enemies.
But the coffee-pot is stolen. whilst a ugly homicide is dedicated on the Railway inn, Winifred Tomkins is distraught. worrying little for the lifeless silversmith, all she will be able to take into consideration is her lacking treasure. Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming of the Detective division are summoned to Wales from London by way of telegraph and they're quickly faced by means of a few extra crimes. the placement is advanced by way of the coming of a recognized theatre corporation and through revelations of illicit liaisons between participants of the neighborhood excessive society. there's no scarcity of suspects and Colbeck has to sift via layers of deceit to discover the killer – sooner than it really is too late.