When a demure, engaged librarian, who led a double life a a prostitute in a local saloon, is found strangled, Anna Fulford, still on the run from the Black Hand, helps Murdoch in his murder investigation.
Detective Murdoch is called out to a remote house when one of the guests, Jacob Oliver, is murdered. There he finds Dr. Grace who was also a guest in the house. It's quickly apparent to Murdoch that something is wrong and he finally learns the truth: everyone there was playing cards to see who would have the privilege to die. Dr. Grace and her friends have been seeking to glimpse the afterlife by inducing death and then bringing the person back to life. There is no doubt one of the card players was killed however - he has a piece of metal in his throat. Back at the ...
The kidnapper of f a young girl leaves a talking doll in her room which is diabolically designed to lead Murdoch on a quest that is designed by a manipulative, enigmatic and vindictive criminal from the detective's past.
Two hockey teammates have a locker room altercation, and one of them is injured with a head wound.. He does not go with his teammates for a post-practice drink and is later found dead in the locker room from a second blow to the head.