This is the tenth British police procedural featuring Chief Superintendent Wycliffe.
As readers of the series will know, Wycliffe is not a paper pusher but likes leaving his desk as often as possible to investigate his cases himself. This time he is lucky; he is the one who takes an early morning stroll along the local shore and finds a gun which has been fired recently.
Thanks to this unexpected lead, he and his people discover the body quite soon in a flat above an antique shop. The owner of the shop has been shot through the head in what looks like suicide, but if so, how did the gun end up in the shingle? Besides, the late owner´s brother and business partner has disappeared on the same night.
The story offers a mixture of solid police work and a detective who follows his hunches while he gets to know the closest friends of the victims by joining their quiet domino circle. A traditional and very cosy crime novel rather than a fast-paced thriller.
I bought it myself and recommend it as a nice summer read.