31 December 2019.
An invitation to lunch from Sandro Grainger, he of the Botticelli angel looks, and a relation through her brother in-law to the extremely rich Grainger’s, former police detective Alex Quick is sure something is up. As she succinctly puts it ‘I can’t kid myself that a twenty-five-year-old guy such as yourself would seek out a woman of my age if he didn’t have some kind of Agenda’. After a few false starts the story unfolds. While staying at his Uncle Cesare’s grand apartment in Venice Sandro threw a real grown-up dinner party to celebrate his birthday – private chef, black tie and all. Nine well-bred friends attended, except some valuable items went missing and one has turned up in a London pawnshop. And said Sandro, my uncle can be ‘fierce’.