Retired Scotland Yard investigator Jasper wants to have a holiday in the beautiful city of Vienna. He does not envisage being dragged into a murder with leading figures of the art world all involved in one way or another.
An exhibition of a gold mask from an archaeological site is the highlight and the curse that follows this mask seems to be true as one by one people connected to the excavation are murdered.
Jasper has to work hard to unravel the pieces of the puzzle. Being an outsider to the Viennese police does not really help as they feel this is their job to solve. But there are too many high ranking people involved and there seems to be many conflicting interests.
I liked the various strands that played into the story - neurotic, highly strung women, a beautiful city though not as descriptive as other cities in other books, lots of psychology, a lot of star crossed lovers, then intrigue where all are jockeying for wealth position and power. Lots of things to interest one and keep a story going and go it did.
I only wish Vienna was brought a bit more into the story.
Sent by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Canelo.