BP Walter’s grasp of life in the Tatler set may be a touch more Mitty than Mitford, but his grip on the mechanics of storytelling is highly assured and the necessary revelations daintily served. That the outward perfection of lives may be illusory is less of a marmalade dropper, but the lack of psychological plausibility is made up for with page-turning pleasure.
A gay couple are having dinner with their adopted son and a female friend when one of them is stabbed to death. The friend is arrested, the surviving partner and his son taken in for questioning, but what was the motive? Walter tracks back a year to a chance meeting in a bookshop in Kings Road, unravelling a plot that’s completely engrossing.