In this entertaining debut, canny old mystery-writer Lettie Winterbottom and her clever niece Julia are trying to find out what happened to Sir Alfred Lechwood--a millionaire electronics wizard who has disappeared after becoming convinced that someone was out to kill him. And who could blame him? His son J.G., head of the business end of the family firm, can't wait for Sir Alfred to retire, even though the old man has a new, hush-hush device in the works. Son Rollo, after losing a wife in Spain in ambiguous circumstances, has a new bride--conniving tart Candy (who smokes drugs with stepson Owen, an adolescent disaster). Plus: Sir Alfred's promiscuous daughter Miranda, who comes equipped with alcoholic husband and two dreadful sons--porno-actor Harry and Scott, a bourgeois wolf in Socialist's clothing. No wonder, then, with all these suspects, that Lettie and Julia refuse to leave the detecting to handsome Inspector Darian--especially when young Owen is killed, in truly ingenious fashion. With a surprising solution and some nice romance: imaginative, stylish fun.