Charles Dickens meets Judge Fabian Quarterman in Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors. The judge takes him to see his own gallery of waxworks – all the figures are of women, either murderesses or victims, and there is a model of the judge’s missing wife. Dickens finds it all rather chilling. Later, the judge is found dead and Superintendent Jones consults Dickens who was the last person to see the victim alive. The verdict is natural causes, but when wax figures begin to appear all over London, Dickens and Jones believe that they are in search of a murderer – who frightened the judge to death in his own chamber of horrors. Dickens wonders about the woman in a black veil whom he saw at the waxworks when he met the judge, and when he sees her again, he wonders if she can be the missing wife, and did she kill her dreadful husband?