Veteran Woods' liveliest effort in a long time--with barrister Antony Maitland representing Edward Coke, who's suing wife Elizabeth for libel. Elizabeth, you see, seeking a divorce, has written a letter in which she accuses Edward of forcing her into depraved sexual conduct with David Barrie, a dissolute young family friend. And, adding to the interest: Elizabeth is defended by Antony's distinguished uncle (a series regular), who's completely convinced of Elizabeth's honesty. Then, however, the trial is made moot by the murders of both Elizabeth and David-which follow soon after the courtroom revelation that Elizabeth had promised to marry David's rich father Owen. . . who is arrested for the murders. But Antony's talks with Elizabeth's friends eventually lead him to a different conclusion. As usual, murder mystery takes a back-seat to courtroom proceedings here; not as usual, however, Woods' latest is readable and entertaining throughout.