Working for a council office in the U. K. can be a bit harrowing when the job entails investigating the deaths of those with no known relatives. (After doing some research, I am assuming that the council office in an area of England is a local government entity. I am not sure if it is like a county government in the U.S. but I am assuming that it a close comparison.) Andrew is that person who works for the Council office and does the investigations, no matter how how sad or gruesome the death scene may be. He is a man with hidden life experiences that he refuses to face. He leads a solitary life whose only entertainment comes from Ella Fitzgerald tunes and miniature train sets. His office has three quirky workers until the stabilizing new hire, Peggy, comes into the picture. Peggy becomes a friend and Andrew begins to change his life. This book has so many facets, emotions and nuances that make up the story. It was a different kind of story, but one that kept me hooked until the end. I give this well-written book four solid stars for being quirky, engaging and fulfilling until the end.
Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam for allowing me to read and review this book.