I always look forward to a new Bill Slider mystery. Bill is an "every man's" detective who is warm, funny, fallible and real. And I always enjoy the chapter headings that are always puns. For example, two of them from this book are - "Parent Rap" and "Kissing Presumed Fed". Do you see what I mean? Even funnier are Bill's boss, Superintendent Porson's malapropisms and Dr. Bailey's gallows' humour. These books are a lot of fun to read as well tricky mysteries to figure out. in this one a retired lawyer is found dead in his study and as Bill and his team try to unravel all the threads of the victim's life, a lot of old buried secrets are unearthed. This is a great series for those who like British police procedural mysteries written with well-drawn and well fleshed-out characters.