Superintendent Simon intends proposing to his girl friend Delia at the appropriate moment. It never seems to come. Going for the Metropolitana Choir practices and the final concert is his part in being part of her world but when the conductor is murdered right in front of a live audience with no one the wiser as to who shot him, Simon is put on the spot both physically and metaphorically.
Detective story dealing with a lot of history going back decades going back to WWII and revenge kept on the boil. Petty passions aside, the depth of feeling kept buried and brought bubbling to the surface not helped by the nasty personality of the conductor himself who did himself no favours with literally anyone.
Interesting setting, good characterization and plot.
Sent by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Agora Books.