I adore M C Beaton and look forward to reading her books. This one however seemed a departure from what she had done before. There was a myriad of characters from different places and there was no real focus on what she was trying to accomplish. Usually easy reading turned into a study because many times I would have to go back through the book to get a focus on characters or locations. Finally got a notebook and tried to keep track of them that way. Had just finished Pushing Up Daisies. It didn't seem as disjointed as this book. I look forward to reading the next selection to see if it is easier to follow or if it is just me.