J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
When an old seaman named James Gilverthwaite shows up in the sleepy town of Berwick looking for long-term lodging, it seems innocent enough. But within days, it becomes clear that Gilverthwaite is looking for something. Soon, a young clerk whom the sailor has asked for assistance is drawn into the mystery—and what first appeared to be an old man's harmless lark results in murder.
A late-night stroll turns up a shocking discovery when a pedestrian stumbles across a dead body in what many presumed to be a virtually crime-free neighborhood. The close-night Middle Temple community is thrown into disarray—and an unlikely duo set out to decipher the single, cryptic clue found near the body and crack the case.