A little bit murder mystery, a little bit spy novel. Both are genres I really enjoy, so I enjoyed the combination in this book. Lawton seemed to take a little from the noir style of Chandler, but kept it British (in my American opinion). I couldn't help but wonder if naming the MI-5 character Pym (the same name as the protagonist in Le Carre's A Perfect Spy
) was a jab at one of my favorite spy novelists, or if there was some political statement in naming the socialite who seemed comfortable among the common people Lady Di.
Regardless, I really enjoyed this book and would have given it five stars if the expository dialogue to fill in holes didn't run so long in different parts of the book, which slowed down an otherwise excellent pace.