Laura is Headmistress of a large girls' school in Newcastle and any hint of a scandal could ruin its reputation. DI Dave Jenkins reminds Laura of Columbo, the bumbling and untidy TV detective. She has little faith that the inspector will understand the need for discretion but when she decides to help him by carrying out her own investigations she doesn't appreciate how it will change her life. Always one to see the best in people, she is shocked by some of the secrets she uncovers. This is the first in a series of Laura Jessop novels.