The first in a series of crime novels set in England in the 1880's. They feature private detective Sidney Grice and his young ward March Middleton. Mrs.Middleton is the narrator of the novel. If you like period crime series with authentic detail these are for you. But what really sets this series apart is the character of Sidney Grice. He is a true original creation. Bad tempered, arrogant and full of acerbic wit- his ward is frequently the butt of his comments. The novels are full of humour and the crimes are quirky and off beat. To date there have been 5 novels in the series.