Earthy, unpolished Sergeant Bragg and his cultured young aristocratic sidekick, Constable Morton, are almost over their heads in this latest procedural of the London City Police in the late 1800's (Deathwatch, etc.). Asked by Lloyd's insurers to investigate the possible scuttling of the ship Dancing Lady, the team gradually uncovers a tangled web of chicanery involving arms smuggling, insurance fraud, international politics, polite blackmail, and murder that reaches into the highest levels of government. Painstakingly researched and stylishly written, the story slowly sinks under the weight of its twists and turns of plot, its never. ending roster of mostly villainous characters and its masses of technical detail. All in all, about as much fun as reading the fine print on your insurance policies.