This is my first Casebook of Barnaby Adair story but I know it won't be the last. I loved that this was such a complex and detailed story with a large cast of characters and meticulous settings that span society. I enjoyed the intricate details of Montague's work and office and how much insight to his personality was provided. Penelope and Griselda were so very engaging and I loved the intimate relationships they shared with not only their husbands but with each other. It was nice to see a realistic portrayal of class-distinction being ignored. This was definitely not a mindless read and I enjoyed the stimulation of trying to solve the mystery as well as follow along with the cast of characters and suspects. If you are looking for some intellectual entertainment in your historical, this is a wise choice.