Advanced Reading Copy
Published: October 31, 2013, Penguin Books (UK)
My rating: 5 of 5 ⭐️
Museum curator, Sinead O'Sullivan has to hide her more playful persona during the day, under shapeless clothes and a colourless appearance, to better suit her newly secured position at the prestigeous Rheinbach Museum in Geneva. She misses leaving her burlesque dancing alter ego, Lottie, behind, but can't risk being found out and perhaps losing her new job. But when the Fire of Autumn, a priceless ruby on loan to the museum and under her care, is stolen, it looks like she may not have a job to concern herself with after all. Somehow she is being charged with its theft!
Hired by both the museum and Sinead's uncle who posted her bail, investigator Niall Moore is to make sure Sinead doesn't take off to parts unknown and to recover the priceless stone. Her uncle may be convinced of Sinead's innocence, but the police and security at the museum have ample evidence to indicate otherwise and Niall can't deny the proof in front of him. Regardless of the confusingly aroused state the buttoned up little curator has him in. He can tell she is holding something back.