This is one of the Inspector Lynley novels. It started with finding the tortured body of a schoolboy, and I wasn't sure I'd be able to read it. It turned out to be a well-crafted, well-written mystery. The more I read by George, the better I like her.
A child is found in Harrods, and no one comes forward to claim her. Ex-CID Diamond falls under the spell of the unwanted child and makes it his personal mission to uncover her identity. I nearly gave up on this one, as it is SO different from the first Peter Diamond mystery. I stuck with it, though, and am so glad I did. The plot occasionally strained credulity, but it was funny and interesting, and I enjoyed it tremendously. I'm looking forward to more Diamond mysteries.
Swing, Brother, Swing
Marsh always acquaints the reader with the principal players in advance of the crime, and does so expertly in this mystery. The solution to the murder was a little bit far-fetched, but the journey to the denouement was a great deal of fun.