The story clever, the characters full and vivid and the writing sharp and entertaining. But there is something missing for me to fully enjoy it. A wealthy Victorian lady socialite gets personally involved (again) in a murder. It's a good read but the florid text fills in the gaps between the action; it gives the emotional turmoil in tracts of internal dialogue that, if spoken out loud, would sound like a Shakespeare drama. It's okay as a whodunit plot but could've done with less personal interaction and more actual action.