Anthony Hetheridge, ninth baron of Wellegrave and Chief Superintendent for New Scotland Yard, thinks DS Kate Wakefield is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. When her superior, Superintendent Jackson, drunkenly approaches her in a bar one night, it marks the beginning of an ugly situation between the two, and it is only the cold, aristocratic voice of Hetheridge that can break it up. Little does she know, this is the just the beginning of some big changes in her life.
Waiting on the curb outside her apartment, Kate realizes her life has taken an interesting turn, when a Lexus pulls up and Hetheridge opens the door. Apparently, she has been reassigned to his department. She had expected the dreaded Superintendent Jackson to be her ride to a crime scene, but she’s relieved to be sitting next to the most handsome man she’s met instead. Kate’s quick wit and intelligence keep Hetheridge on his toes, and it is a shame that he does not notice how much he affects her.
Hetheridge’s officers are to evaluate a crime scene and relate their findings and opinions to him. Kate has no worries when it comes to meeting the obligations of her new role, but the scene that awaits them is the most horrific she has ever faced. The victim, Malcolm Comfrey, has a brass poker from the fireplace thrust through his eye. Hetheridge can see that Kate is out of her depth, and hoping to help her save face, he gruffly tells her that he expects the work to begin immediately. Shaken, but determined, Kate sets about her new job.
As Hetheridge and Kate work together to solve the murder, she is glad to meet her coworker, DS Deepal Bhar, otherwise known as “just call me Paul.” He has a wicked sense of humor that is often exposed when he meets the prejudice some people show towards his Pakistani ancestry. As a team, Paul keeps Kate on target in various ways, conveyed as the latest gossip, or sometimes a whispered hint.
This book has a lot happening at all times. It is a great mystery, a lovely romance, a mystifying murder, and has a heavy dose of personality. After reading this intriguing story, I would read any of Ms. Jameson’s books with the knowledge that it is entertainment in the making.
- Genre & general reading age – Mystery for older teens and adults.
- Level of sexuality – Low.
- Is there graphic language? Medium. A lot of British slang.
- Did I cry? No.
- Did I laugh? Yes.
- Is this part of a series? This is book one of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series.
- Level of character development – They are very well-developed and extremely interesting.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.