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Jessica goes to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend who is accused of killing his wife and burning his house.
Jessica obeys a Canadian court summons to Quebec to give testimony in wealthy fledgling author friend Jim Harlan's trial concerning the death of his young wife, Patricia, in their country house's fire. Nationally reputed Attorney Oliver Quayle refuses to acknowledge arson as a cover-up for murder. Instead, he fights the evidence claiming it could be an accident, despite convincing indications she was killed by a blow on the head. The couple was heard to fight over a nasty divorce. Jessica can't resist doing her own investigation, even questioning witnesses like the ex-con gardener. Instead of appreciating her help, the haughty lawyer starts discrediting her in court, referring to an allegedly stolen book plot, psychiatric history and even arrested relatives. Yet Jessica keeps sleuthing and unearths how Jim, who hurt his cause by silence, eloped with and blackmail was paid by socialite, overbearing mother, Judith Harlan, and gets help from Quayle's assistant. Barnaby. checking on the identification of the corpse and dealing with P.I. Rudy Planski, and a missing broach.
Jessica returns to Quebec City to give evidence in the murder trial of a friend, Jim Harlan, an aspiring author to whom she has been giving encouragement. Jim is accused of having murdered his wife, Patricia, whose body was found in the burnt out remains of their house. Jessica is convinced of Jim's innocence and is more than happy to give evidence when requested to do do by his lawyer, Oliver Quayle. The Harlan's marriage was essentially over and Jim claims to have been at a motel with his girlfriend. Unfortunately, the woman has disappeared and the authorities only have his word for his whereabouts. Things don't look good for Jim when the coroner testifies that Patricia Harlan was bludgeoned to death and did not die from the fire. Jessica sets out to prove her friends innocence.
Jessica is summoned to Quebec where she must take part in the murder trial of, yet another, dear, old friend as young fellow writer Jim Harlan stands accused of murdering his wife in a fire. Coming up against eccentric defense attorney Oliver Quayle, she finds herself unraveling a peculiar mystery of false identities and manipulations behind the scenes.
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