Appealing first novel in which two unrelated cases collide, bringing romance and havoc to attractive Inspector McLeish. When McLeish and Davidson, his assistant, query the neighbors about the murder of Britex Sales Director Fireman, they spot Francesca, and the inspector is immediately smitten. He's soon called to help her, her brother Perry--a rock star --and Perry's still-married fiancÃ‰e: someone's been threatening them with letters. Francesca, coincidentally, works for the Department of Trade and Industry, which is considering a financial governmental bail-out of Britex, a deeply troubled textile firm whose managing director, Peter Hampton, also finds her scrumptious. McLeish and Davidson round up the usual suspects--board of directors, take-over tenderers, suppliers who offer kickbacks, et al.--and as their choice of murderer narrows, Francesca's peril grows. In researching Britex, she inadvertently spied an incriminating memo, and her photographic memory is troubling to the guilty. Meanwhile, Perry's girl is coshed and hospitalized; the local choir is rehearsing its holiday presentation, starring Perry and assorted kin; the Board of Trade nixes the Britex loan; Francesca is seriously tempted by Hampton; and McLeish's jealousy is seriously interfering with his investigative technique, but subsides just enough for him to save his foolhardy darling when the murderer stakes out her evening jog. Bright, wickedly accurate portrayal of government commissions, do-nothing executives, and love foibles. A delight for lovers of English drollery, tidy plotlines, and a spot of romance.