I enjoyed this book very much. It is very well written, well characterised with a confident stylishness that distinguishes it from the run of the mill crime novel. The opening scene involves a young Australian student, Jeanean Malone, studying Greek, and meanwhile working in a pharmacy. Lat one night, just as she is going to lock up the pharmacy, she is asked to dispense a prescription for Mellorex, a preparation for diabetics, issued in Scotland, her doubts are raised and she makes an effort to ensure the recipients are aware that dosages can be dangerous if not adhered to. They don't know that she can speak Greek, and certain remarks make her think they intend someone harm with this medicine. She is still worried as she locks up the shop and comes to the attention of Sebastian Raphael, a Gay man who kindly befriends her and tries offers reassurance to her when she tells him the story of the Mellorex and the ambiguous conversation that passed between them.
In a second plot-line Edward Lupset, a University Lecturer and somewhat unpleasant individual becomes aware of the fortunes of Mr Eugenides, frail and elderly owner of a valuable library and possessor of exquisite artefacts of great value - deposited in banks vaults, How these plot lines intersect is what this book is about.
The journey is eventful and sympathetic, with Sebastian and his coterie of friends and acquaintances befriending Jeanean and as the plot thickens, solving one murder and preventing another. It is intelligent, sharp and amusing, and very entertaining.