I was expecting Romans, Hadrians Wall, at least a Scotsman with kirk and kilt and I was a tad disappointed to get a thoroughly modern mystery. I did not even know this author wrote this genre!
Laura is a writer and has taken over her sister's isolated beach front property whilst they are away to get to grips with her writing. She has to finish her novel and her publisher is to put it mildly pressurizing her to do her best to finish it. Her neighbours are people whom she has known for years and the isolation of the property and being alone does not daunt her a little bit.
Looking through her friend Ben's library she discovers the history of the area and his house and also that built in the 1790s the property and the environs was the hub of a huge smuggling operation which ran very successfully (complete with hidden tunnels and all). She feels a new story coming on based on this novel but when she stumbles into a modern day smuggling operation with a death of one and a near death of another she realizes she in it much more than she can handle.
This was a book which was easy to read, quick to finish and I later learnt her first effort. Certainly nothing like what has come after - those keep you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails and wanting to finish and not wanting it to finish.
Tomorrow out of Colombo again for three days.