For a book written by a budding new author it's great. The novel effectively draws you in and holds your attention through all of the ups and downs of the investigation. The author's highly descriptive style, and realistically personalized characters gives the reader a true-to-life snippet of the time period surrounding this investigation. The final chapters wrap things up in a surprising yet satisfying manner. The only thing this author leaves you wanting for is the sequel. This novel really is a page turner and worth getting a copy.