ir Peregrine Lloyd, the Queen’s private secretary, is discovered with a dagger in his stomach in the Wolsey Rooms of Hampton Court Palace.
Before he dies he mutters, “More is the pity. The Mirror of Naples: Preserve it,” to Sir Cedric Mallory, the curator of Hampton Court, who is on his early morning rounds before opening time. Detective Chief Inspector, Mick Chandra, and his partner, Detective Elizabeth Chang, are assigned to the case. It’s a matter of “be careful what you wish for.” The Mirror has a bad – some might even say evil – reputation.