Bob Burns is an old-fashioned kind of Scottish sleuth, more interested in catching villains than promotions. But when his enquiries into a murder are blocked by his bosses, he wonders if he should risk losing his career by carrying on his investigation. Encouraged by an attractive, maverick forensic scientist, and assisted by a keener-than-bright young constable, Bob does it his way. The trail leads them from Scotland to Mallorca, where intrigue and mayhem mingle with the crowds at a fishermen's fiesta.
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Julie Bryson and rookie detective, Andy Green, once again aid Scottish detective Bob Burns. When Andy becomes the unwitting recipient of a drop of £100,000 in used notes, the trio become enmeshed in a web of murder, intrigue, and Caledonian skulduggery, as the action shifts to Sicily, New York, and a remote Hebridean island. The arrival of a Sicilian blacksmith as the island's new laird leads to some hilarious misunderstandings as the line between the good and bad guys becomes increasingly blurred.
Working undercover on a cruise liner bound for the Canary Islands, Bob and his two sidekicks have plenty to cope with. The discovery of a severed finger in a passenger's quiche lorraine sparks an investigation full of greed, guile, deceit and double-dealing. Does the finger belong to an alleged man-overboard victim? Was the man-overboard victim pushed, or did he commit suicide? Is it all just a cleverly engineered insurance scam?