This is the third instalment of the series of books by Janet Neel to be reprinted by Ostara. The original series of 7 books appeared between 1988 and 2006. They were, and are, excellent examples of the sophisticated, literate detective story based on a real life knowledge of the workings of the civil service and of other aspects of the Establishment. To some extent they can be read now as historical crime! The fascinating backgrounds of the books remind me of the well described backgrounds of the Dick Francis thrillers and of the financial settings of Emma Lathen's books.
In Death of a Partner detective Inspector John McLeish investigates the disappearance and then the murder of a Cabinet Minister's fiancée, the wealthy lobbyist Angela Morgan. The case needs careful handling at a time when McLeish's lover, Francesca Wilson, has unexpectedly gone to New York to bail out an errant brother thus threatening a long awaited holiday for the two of them.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
The first book is Death's Bright Angel and the second Death on Site.