The murder of a disabled woman in an overgrown copse and obstruction by police colleagues motivates Detective Inspector Laura Baxter as never before. A conspiracy by influential people surrounds the planning approval for a hotel on the murder site, and the victim had important information to give Laura the day she died. Jean Easton was last seen alive in Cosimo�s room, under which there could be sixteenth-century building remains. The remains could extend deep into the copse where the hotel will be built.
Baxter�s determination grows when her ex-husband comes out of jail, threatening to snatch their daughter, and when Laura�s boyfriend leaves her. Her emotions rule her when she should be in control of the crime investigations. Laura�s record for the best clear up rate in the Police Authority is under threat. Iain Caldwell likes Baxter�s one-liners, which are aimed at anyone who tries to obstruct her. Iain was forced out of his job as a senior airline captain by the sort of people Laura has to deal with among her male colleagues and influential suspects. A friend of the victim who initially believes Iain to be the murderer becomes a friend, and they work together.
Tony is inspired by a number of authors, including John le Carr�, Agatha Christie, Stieg Larsson and Robert Harris. Cosimo�s Room will appeal to fans of murder mysteries.