This is the second book in a series of mysteries surrounding Serfina Florio. I didn't read the first book before starting this one, but it doesn't take long to figure out the characters, their weaknesses and how they can perform under pressure when solving a case. After reading this one, I would want to catch up with all the books in the series.
This book is just long enough and to the point—not much dallying in subplots that overwhelm the original case,though there is some inner turmoil explored with the main character. The detective tactics seemed a little advanced for the time, but still worked within the setting. This is a fast read, great for vacations or a Sunday afternoon.