A slow paced but interesting story. the only unbearable part is the trial report, but after all who can make that kind of report interesting? Can't say that I symphatize much with the characters, I think Asta is more like dreaded dragon lady..A mistery that was uncovered like the cleaning of a painting. Along the way you can see that more parts came to the surface and you understand more about the whole picture. The ending annoyed me a little, like when you see a wonderful pose and you wonder how the detail is but when it was uncovered you realized that the artist cheated a bit and bent the arm more than possible. Still a good one and I will try reading more of her book.