Ich hätte dem Buch gerne 5 Sterne gegeben, doch fand ich den Einstieg eher schwierig, und mir hat die ständige Interaktion von Daisy und Alec gefehlt, denn hier geht wirklich jeder seinen Weg. Dennoch, nach einiger Zeit wird das Buch sehr spannend und man entdeckt lieb gewonnene Charaktere wieder. Der Krimi ist dann aber gut konstruiert, spannend und auch tragisch. Mit einem kleinen Twist am Ende. Nach den anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten, habe ich es dann in einem Zug ausgelesen, deshalb 4.3 Sterne.
It's a big case, and we see Scotland Yard in action, as an organization and not only in the person of a single detective, and that added additional interest.
I didn't find it difficult to get into the story but I, too, missed the interaction between Daisy and Alec. He is investigating in London and Daisy is out and about with two of her friends, whose daughters are Belinda's friends, and they have their own adventures. There is less personal involvement than in many of the other books of the series, Daisy is only remotedly acquainted with victim and suspects and doesn't really have a personal interest in solving this crime. She solves it anyway, probably out of habit.
There are some brilliant dialogues between Daisy and one of her friends and a particularly incompetent policeman. In these scenes the typical charme of this series is back again. Apart from that it is a good solid detective story with a tragic background and, indeed, a surprising twist at the end. I enjoyed it.
I don't want to repeat other readers here, in the most I totally agree with them. I enjoyed the story, but as I am not familiar with London in the 1920's, it took me awhile to get into this period. The dialogues are witty and therefore great fun. While reading, I imagined the story like a tv-film episode: short but fully displayed scenes with a good twist at the end. If your are in need of a nice detective story then go for it!