Miriam Cromer,wife of society photographer Howard,admits to poisoning her husband's assistant,Josiah Percival, who was blackmailing her over saucy photos for which she posed years earlier. She is to be hanged and her likeness immortalised at Madame Tussaud's waxworks as is that of the hangman Berry. Inspector Jowett believes there is doubt as to her guilt as she could not have had access to the poison cabinet and asks Sergeant Cribb to investigate. He begins by establishing that her husband's alibi is not water-tight and attempts to track down the other girls who posed with her. One,Judith Honeycutt,died of the same poison that killed Percival,and the other,actress Lottie Piper,tells Cribb that the photographer involved had an affair with Judith,disappearing after her death. Cribb believes that that photographer is Miriam's husband who killed Judith and who now goes on the run. Has he framed Miriam or is she self-sacrificingly altruistic? Or has a clever plot been arranged between ...
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