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This was a brilliant breakout start into the world of detective fiction for Mary Lydon Simonsen. I have been reading her work for a few years now in the Romance genre and was very eager to see how she would do not just writing a mystery with a police detective, but making the detective British. She did a terrific job. Ive read and watched a lot of British drama mysteries and it felt the same.The main plot centers around the mystery of who attacked Police Detective Sergeant Patrick Sheas former love interest, Annie while she was walking home. There are other subplots like the situation with Patricks current love interest, his work with his partner Molly to solve burglaries and missing persons, and his desire to be promoted to Scotland Yard. The story is a wonderful blend between police procedural stuff and Patricks private life. Patrick works on Annies assault in his private time and on the sly because it happened in a different stations precinct. The mystery there was well written and was as deliciously tricky as a good mystery should be (I hate it when I solve a mystery early on).The main character Patrick Shea was very likeable. He was a flawed hero because of choices he made particularly when it came to relationships (boy can the man pick em), but in all other important matters he was the man to depend on whether it was at work or with his family. I liked how he owned his mistakes and expected to abide by what came as a result.The secondary characters like Molly and Annie were not just foils for Patrick and Annies former roommate and the newspaper reporter was a hoot.Its hard to believe this was a first time dip into the mystery genre and I eagerly await the next installment in the Patrick Shea series.