Let it be said that this is a tale that kept me glued. The two main characters lead their own lives but as their contacts increased, the respect that developed between them almost made one think they were destined to become more than acquaintances. But I was glad that they did not as it seemed to allow for a future continuance in the story by way of a series…
Julia Flowers is a fifty year old antiques specialist working for Hillman Roberts Auctioneers. For insurance purposes, she had evaluated two rare, extremely valuable bowls belonging to a former diplomat stationed in China, Dr Anthony Gordon, who had come to a gruesome end. Now the Scotland Police in the shape of Inspector Bland have arranged to meet with her at the same Edinburgh residence in the hope of finding some clues that might relate to this now cold case.
Intriguing indeed, and so this gripping tale continues; a seriously worthwhile read.
The characters are real, the protagonists are warmblooded and intelligent and a reader gets more and more fond of them, which is always a strong popularity plus.
For me, a curiously odd feeling of driving with one wheel on the road and one on the gravel was a noticeable switch in the writing of the two-writers team that is Alan Friedmann. One was much more tightly academic, one more colloquially smooth. Not a big deal, though. I enjoyed it and look forward to their next offering, coming soon.
Thanks to the writers for this e-copy!