I have read a number of Wilkie's books and basically have been disappointed. I was about ready to quit on this one when it got good. In this book, his usual sappy, predictable main plot is happily derailed by the telling of a number of short stories, somewhat in the spirit of the 1001 Arabian Nights. Although some of the stories are better than others, they are mostly worth the effort.
I enjoy old-time mysteries but sadly, well-written ones are few and far between. I've had to delete a lot of them after the first few chapters. Not Morrison though. His stories are little gems. This one is about Dorrington, his unethical investigator. Normally I don't enjoy this type of protagonist, but I make an exception for Dorrington.
Also try some of Morrison's Martin Hewitt stories - they are excellent also.
Well written and engrossing, like all of Morrison's stories. I often delete mysteries after a few chapters because the writers are hacks who are deservedly unknown. Morrison is always definitely worth the download.
This story was my introduction to Dorrington. I shall say no more about him!
Highly recommended. Enjoyed every minute of it!