Book: Free to Trade
Author: Michael Ridpath
Release date (if applicable): Published
Synopsis: Paul Murray, an ex Olympian turned bond trader, turns private eye when Debbie Chater, a co-worker and potential love interest is found dead in an apparent drowning in the Thames. As Paul goes through her papers, he finds some investments that might make this accidental death anything but accidental. Can he determine what happened to Debbie without becoming a casualty himself?
My rating: 4 Stars
My opinion: I first became a lover of Michael Ridpath's writing when I was introduced to his Fire and Ice series. In my Nordic Noir group, Michael was our author of the month. Well, what is a girl to do when she has read what has been released set in Iceland...she looks towards other books the author has written. That is how I was introduced to "Free to Trade". It is written with the same quality of writing found in Fire and Ice, but set in London's financial district. This book is a rerelease from the original published in the mid 1990's but the story is still good for the time.
I think what I liked most about this book is that it wasn't a beat you over the head financial thriller. The setting was financial, but I think the author placed more emphasis on developing the mystery. As someone who isn't a fan of financial mysteries, I think that helped this one not get bogged down to me.
Would I recommend? : Yes, but don't miss his Fire and Ice series. Being a Nordic Noir lover, I still prefer that series, but will continue on with this one.
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Part of series.