The Scent of Death is set in Manhattan in 1778, and as the last part of America under British rule, "New York is home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown. Edward Savill is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists, but he soon becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city's notorious Canvas Town. An escaped slave hangs for the crime, but Savill is convinced they have executed the wrong man.
Lodging with the respected Wintour family, Savill senses the mystery deepening. Judge Wintour's beautiful daughter-in-law, Arabella, hides a tragedy in her past, while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory. And what of Mr. Noak, the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own?
One thing is clear - the killing in Canvas Town was just the start of a trail of murder, and it's leading directly to Savill ..."