This is the first book in the Reckless Engineer series by Jac Wright. I was contacted by the author with an offer of an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. I had not hear of the author before, but after reading the blurb, I thought it sounded like something I would be interested in reading and I was correct.
The story starts with main character, Jeremy sitting down with Harry, his best friend & attorney at the end of the day. They are getting ready to head out to a pub for a drink when Jeremy's old friend and fellow engineer calls asking for his help. It seems Jack's long time mistress Michelle, who is now pregnant with his child, has been murdered. Jack has been arrested for the crime and is looking for not only an attorney, but a friend to assist him. Since Jack was such a good friend to Jeremy during a trying time in his life, Jeremy feels that he should return the favor. As Jeremy begins to the process of finding evidence to exonerate his friend, Jeremy travels around England and Scotland, dons disguises and flirts with the boundaries of the law looking for clues to answer the questions: Who killed Michelle and why did they frame Jack?
This was a cleverly written mystery. I will admit that I never guessed who-done-it, right up to the reveal. The author did a wonderful job of dropping enough red herrings and false trails that I simply didn't see the subtle clues for what they were until it was all over. It was an entertaining story, made more interesting by the all the bold and vivid characters throughout the story. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Stuart Woods novels, it had a very similar tone and intellectual level. I gave the book 3 stars on Goodreads.