I consider myself to be well read, so why haven't I heard of Arnold Bennett ? This book is beautifully written and is not dated. The description of Hugo's, the department store, paints such a clear picture that I can imagine myself walking through the door. This story does not go where you think it will. Murder, mystery and only a little bit of romance. It is not a Sherlock type novel, but parts of it are reminiscent of that. Read and enjoy. A classic.