It seemed like just another suicide. But what made Dr. Sarah Blakeney shiver with the scold's bridle strapped to the old woman's face. In the Middle Ages the metal bridle had been an instrument of torture and restraint - curbing the tongues of nagging women. Mathilda Gillespie had been a strong-minded, some would say ruthless, woman. So what did it point to now? Remorse, self-hatred or... murder?