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When a colleague becomes seriously ill, Chief Superintendent Frances Harman has to delay her impending retirement to oversee an investigation into a recent spate of 'happy-slappings' and minor assaults in the Kent area. Initially, she takes a back seat in the case, but it is not long before she is once again perilously close to the action.
Prize-winning short-story writer Judith Cutler is the author of two other acclaimed series of crime novels set in Birmingham. The Dying series features amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers, while in her police procedural series Inspector Kate Power lives up to her name. One-time Secretary of the Crime Writers' Association, Judith has taught Creative Writing at Birmingham and is now a full-time writer.