Another well-written adventure in South Africa from this author, with gallant romance included. Mitford's writing pleases especially because of his vivid description of localities and irony regarding British and native people. The key, however, is in the fascinating stories themselves that are woven into the novel.
British colonists discover some South Africans are deeper than thought. Fine and gruesome mystery told ironically and beautifully, romance not missing. Excellent proofreading quality. Have stacked two more of the author, will report.
Now here is an author of detective stories still undiscovered by manybooks readers that created another Sherlock Holmes-like protagonist. Ashton-Kirk, on first glance, is mighty above mere trivial footwork and solves it all in the head. But this impression is deceiving, fortunately, and both this and the "Criminologist" are deep cases where he or his friends has to take part in the action. The writing is fine and the book quality above average. The books do not depend on each other. Highly recommended.
What I liked most about this detective story is that it doesn't revolve around a stupid person. Rather, all participants do their best to solve the fraud case that is soon overshadowed by possible murder. Persons are depicted as multifaceted. Small societies have their small wars. Enjoy this well-written account of 1920 south California.