Purves's great skill is her ability to marry her cultural and historical insights with her characters' personal development - all wrapped up in a well-paced detective story. . . . Engrossing.
For three-quarters of its course, the novel is pure late Shakespeare . . . A comedy of manners . . . drawn with skill and humour.
Amusing, wry and often thought-provoking . . . its greatest rewards are to be found in the subtle changes which occur in Alex and the people he encounters as he gets ever closer to discovering the truth.
A thoughtful and entertaining read.
A complex and compelling detective story . . . surprising but satisfying
Compelling reading with an array of skilfully conceived characters
Contemporary and assured . . . There is a hint of Henry James in the lonely, bright and kindly young man from America
A beautifully written story, rich in evocative language and emotion.
Another satisfying novel