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The Summer Palace is one of four rooms in Jeffrey Master's mansion connected to the fountain patio. From the entrance to the patio, it is the second room from the left. All four rooms contain a stream of water that leads to the fountain in the patio.

In 2000, during Master's confectionery design competition, it was assigned to Dane Gustavia for building his entry for the finals. However, Isaac Dover, one of the other contestants, was murdered, and his entry, consisting of frozen sherbet sculptures of the signs of the zodiac, went missing. Master was arrested and convicted for the murder. Over 18 years later, Katherine Hall, Master's adopted daughter, opened the Zodiac Art Gallery inside the mansion, claiming to have replicas of Dover's sculptures. The Summer Palace was where the sculptures representing the signs of the summer months were displayed.

Murder investigation[]

Main article: IS-7 Incident

When it came time to judge the final entries, Master asked Hall to fetch more film for his camera. While she did so, he began judging with Gustavia's entry. To Master's surprise, he found Gustavia's final entry lacking in both design and taste, unlike his previous entries. Meanwhile, Hall heard a noise coming from the room containing Master's entry, and discovered Dover's body inside.

Prosecutor Manfred von Karma was placed in charge of the ensuing investigation, and he indicted Master for the murder. He exerted so much control that even Tyrell Badd, the detective in charge of the case, was unable to investigate Gustavia's room. Even so, Dover's body and sculptures went missing during the investigation. Though the police claimed to have taken custody of the body, Gregory Edgeworth, Master's attorney, figured out the truth, though he was unable to prove it in court, and lost the trial. The sculptures had been stolen by Hall after she learned that Dover was, in fact, a French sculptor named Pierre Hoquet. The sculptures were stored in secret inside a freezer in Master's mansion, where they remained for 18 years.

The truth resurfaces[]

In 2019, Hall bought Master's mansion from his relatives and checked on the sculptures that she had stolen. To her surprise, she found Dover's body hidden inside one of them. She decided to use this to lure out the real killer, and opened the Zodiac Art Gallery featuring the works of Pierre Hoquet. While she claimed to have made replicas of Dover's statues, in truth many of them were the real deal, though Hall had sculpted the statues that had not been made or finished in 2000.

Knowing that the real killer would come to the gallery to check on the body that he had hidden, Hall set up a poison gas trap. Gustavia fell for the trap and was hospitalized, though he ultimately survived. An investigation ensued soon afterward involving Gregory's son Miles. Hall smuggled the statue containing the body to the "Summer Palace" and dumped it into the stream there. The body eventually thawed and resurfaced in the fountain, finally proving Gregory's claim from 18 years ago. Despite Hall's efforts, Miles Edgeworth figured out that she had smuggled the statues using a lift trolley, covered in a tablecloth to look like a tea cart, which she had used to serve people tea. This in turn revealed Gustavia as the real killer from the IS-7 Incident.