The story is very well plotted, with lots of twists and turns. At times it was predictable, and I caught echoes of other stories, but it was always engaging and there were more than enough tines when I was puzzled and intrigued. At first I thought that Mona might be a little too nice, a little too good to be interesting, but she grew into a very fine heroine. She continued to be good, but she was ready to stand up for herself, she learned to be practical and capable, and she coped well with some very tricky situations. Her young man became a wonderful foil. And the jewel thieves continued to prey on high society – thay provided great entertainment, and a lovely contrast to Mona’s story. Everything worked out as it should in the end. This is that sort of story. It’s very black and white. There were some small flaws in the logic, but as a whole the story worked. It was wonderfully diverting at a time when I wanted something not too demanding to read.