Nigel cannot bear to merely send the form letter, also required by their lease, to a woman writing from
who has been writing letters to Holmes for 20 years since she was 8 years old. Her story about her missing father touched Nigel. Her desire to have maps returned her at this time leads Nigel to believe he should go to Los Angeles to meet her. California
Life is good for Reggie professionally. His practice is doing well and his investments are flourishing.
Personally Reggie is in the midst of a strained relationship with the lovely actress, Laura Rankin. Her displeasure is reflected in her willingness to take work in
. Some of Reggie’s ambivalence results from the start of their relationship. She was dating Nigel when Reggie swept her away. New York
Reggie is dismissive of the woman in
and wants Nigel to concentrate on a pending hearing before the Law Society over getting Nigel’s suspension lifted. Nigel’s powerful integrity had caused him to turn over a fee to the opposing side when he learned his client had acted fraudulently. He ran afoul of the Law Society when he went further with the fraud. L.A.
Reggie’s concerns are not those of Nigel. When Nigel does not show up for the hearing Reggie deftly obtains an adjournment and angrily goes to his brother’s office where he is startled to find their office manager murdered and a note from Nigel that he has gone to
. With Nigel a prime suspect Reggie chases after him. America
In Los Angeles Reggie pursues Nigel which leads him into a mystery involving the construction of the new
subway. It is a strange place for an English barrister to find himself. The story moves briskly on with Reggie gradually putting the evidence together. Los Angeles
Reggie is quick witted though his detecting is more physical than
cerebral. I enjoyed the book. Reggie, Nigel and Laura are charming
characters. I could not describe it a great mystery. I thought it was a
good debut and I will read the second book. I hope it may delve into
the legal careers of the brothers. No matter how I think of this book
I cannot call it a legal mystery. The brothers happen to be lawyers.
They could have been numerous other occupations such as private
detectives and the story would have worked equally well. (Aug.