I thoroughly enjoyed the first two Murray of Letho books but this is the best yet. The author skilfully combines Murray's sorrow and confusion at the sudden and untimely death of his father with intriguing mysteries and a humorous and witty account of the social activities of Edinburgh's legal fraternity (which don't appear to have changed all that much in the past couple of hundred years!) She vividly evokes the contrasting lives of the population of Edinburgh's overcrowded, filthy and dangerous Old Town with those of the well-to-do occupants of the elegant and rapidly expanding New Town.
Murray's confusion and embarrassment about his unexpected new status as master of the household ring true. His dealings with his servants veer from concern and sensitivity about individuals to ignorance about the realities of domestic detail, which causes occasional inconvenience to his staff.
The mysteries are gradually and neatly unwrapped. We are presented with a host of wonderful characters, including the infuriatingly teenage Scoggie boys; Miss Christian Gordon, the redoutable Jacobite lady; the enigmatic housemaid Mary and, of course, the ferrets.
I love the author's style of writing - she has a wonderful turn of phrase and a gift for clever description and simile.
I'm certain that she is as horrified as I am at the howler of "Prince's Street" in this book (and in Death in a Scarlet Gown (Murray of Letho series)
)which is presumably a result of the "Kindle-isation" editorial and proofing process! But even if you don't know Edinburgh well enough to be pedantic about street names, I hope that you will enjoy this book as much as I did.