A country club is rocked when the queen bee, Scarlett Marquesa, is poisoned at a cocktail party in her home.
After interviewing party attendees and the woman who served on the club's committee board with Scarlett, Jane and his team discover that the community is full of secrets, including love affairs, and widespread drug abuse.
The case takes a dangerous turn when the person that the team suspected of the murder is found dead herself, stabbed while at the country club to get some pampering.
It turns out Scarlett held in-home jewelry parties as a front for the sale of diet pills, tranquilizers, painkillers, etc that she used to obtain from a shady character, another suspect that turns out to be a dead end.
Because of the economic downturn, Scarlett was determined to keep up appearances and save her family by any means necessary, which ultimately lead to her murder, as the killer wanted to get rid of her to take over as the drug supplier for the socialite community.