When Frederick Edgerton went over a cliff in his wheelchair the death was ruled an accident. Then it is discovered that his favorite diamond is missing. Was his death an accident, suicide, or murder? And how is it tied to the diamond? The Edgertons invite Fran Black to discreetly investigate. Fran is entangled in a divorce which has been complicated by her relationship with her investigative partner Tom Dod. An investigation in a country house in Devon is just what she needs to distract herself.
This is an enjoyably light and easy read. This was my first of the Black and Tod mysteries (there are 2 previous), but I didn’t find that to be a problem as Janes is good at adding occasional bits of backstory throughout the book. The characters of Fran and the Edgerton’s are appealing, and the setting of a country house in 1930 is well done. The pacing is leisurely, often requiring Fran to merely talk with those involved, and since she is staying at a country house, a bit of socializing. I did work out the solution quite easily, and fairly early into the book. Nevertheless, this is an engaging story and a pleasant cozy mystery. For anyone looking for a traditional crime story and a leisurely read, this would be an enjoyable read.
My thanks to NetGalley and Severn House for the advance reader copy of this book for my review.