( The Secret consignments )
Arthur Meadows has just returned home from a trip to South – West Europe, supposedly bringing back a consignment of cloths, but actually bringing back something far deadly.
Meanwhile, a young Asian couple murdered in their small house in Gloucester, the killings done with ruthless efficiency. Beverley Wharton, now Chief Inspector, does not relish the investigation of the murders: partly due to the choice of pathologist, Charles Sydenham. She would have prefered John Eisenmenger, but he has his own problems trying to work out why Arthur Meadows died so unexpectedly.