The winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for her 1995 debut novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum (and beating out Salman Rushdie to boot), Kate Atkinson brings back her reluctant private eye Jackson Brodie for a fourth novel (following When Will There Be Good News?) in what looks more and more to be a mystery series. We meet retired police detective Tracy Waterhouse, now working as a security officer for a shopping center, whose life takes a dramatic turn when she impulsively steps in as guardian for a small child. Brodie's not much better off, bringing home an abused dog, and both people are about to find out that no good deed goes unpunished.
"Uncategorizable, unputdownable, Atkinson's books are like Agatha Christie mysteries that have burst at the seams—they're taut and intricate but also messy and funny and full of life."—Lev Grossman