Valerie has two things that are of value to her. An old watch and her vintage Jaguar motorcar.
She is addicted to French cigarettes and she lives on a Thames houseboat. She has male admirers but prefers to keep them at arm's length. Even, or perhaps especially, one particular suitor.
Times are a bit tougher than usual so the arrival of a commission to investigate a death on behalf of an insurance company has come at a very fortunate time.
After all, what's wrong with a bit of judicious expenses padding and some stretching out the billable hours, so long as she doesn't go overboard? At least not as overboard as the dead man, who apparently tumbled to his death from a yacht?
Or did he? What if things were not quite as they seemed? What if the insurance company was right to be concerned, but perhaps not for the right reasons?
What is the link between a former Thames Estuary Word War Two fort, latterly used as the base for a pirate radio station in the 1960s?
And why did Valerie find herself a target of a covert group with mysterious connections to the government, who want her assistance in their parallel investigation into the mystery of the corpse? Can they be trusted? And had the deaths finished?
This is a very interesting and highly plausible detective thriller and I hope to see more stories about Private Investigator Valerie Stone in the future.
It's published by The Book Guild at £8.99. It will make a great Christmas gift for the mystery novel fan in your life. Or as a self-gift for you.