Lady Rose Summer may be a beauty, but she's still a disappointment to her parents - frustratingly uninterested in balls and parties, alarmingly in favour of social reform. So when she becomes engaged to Captain Harry Cathcart (strictly for convenience, if only they knew), it's a relief of sorts. A detective may be a man in trade, but at least Harry's family and fortune are good. It takes more than a pretend engagement to keep Rose out of trouble, though. Bored with the social round, she's delighted to befriend sweet, bewildered Dolly Tremaine, an exquisite country girl for whom the London Season is all a bit much. But when her protege is found floating in the river, it's time for Harry to step up and solve the mystery of Dolly's death - before Rose herself falls victim.
Marion Chesney is a widely acclaimed author of historical romances and also writes the popular Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series under the name M. C. Beaton. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between the English Cotswolds and Paris.