Laurence Hartford is murdered outside of the family jewelry business right after Nicholas Hartford, heir to the business, has an argument with him. Viewed by the police as the most likely suspect, Nick sets out to find out who and why his uncle was killed. There is no lack of viable suspects and all of the little details that come to light throughout the story play into the final solution.
I had been in a reading slump for a few days when I started this book and, to my delight, I fell right into the story. The writing is eminently readable and the characters interesting. The solution to the murder makes sense based upon what we find out. What is different about this book is that the police (Alistair Fitzjohn and his detectives) are quite secondary to the story. It’s really Nick’s story. Yes, the police find out information, but without Nick, vital information would not have come to light.