Who is controlling whom? This grips from the opening sentence - "The dead woman smiled". The plot is complex, but then Martin Edwards' plots always are. His humour is brutal. This is a story of human foibles, each chapter left with a cliff-hanging line. At the centre is ex-lawyer, Nic Gabriel, who lives under the shadow of his Mother's death which seems to motivate most of his actions. It seems fair to assume that his character is based loosely on Martin Edward's own career - but do law firms all operate like Creed? Martin Edwards is a past master of plotting and crafting. The book which Nic Gabriel has written on Dr Crippen must surely provide the research which Martin Edwards had to do for his "Dancing with the hangman". This author has so many talents which he uses to perfection in whichever aspect of this genre he chooses.