The blurb for this book made me think this was the book for me – history with a bit of a mystery and a great cast of characters. I got that and so much more. There was glamour, excesses and lots of sex. The story was way over the top and the mystery to be solved was not that complicated, but the characters were so interesting and full of contradictions; the rich guy who felt much more at home with the poor; the officer who was always referred to as corrupt but who everyone trusted implicitly; the young person who was very adult. This turned out to be something different to what I thought it would be – not all that disappointing, but be warned there is bad language and sex.