This is the first book in a series which was started in 2009. For A.C. Baantjer this meant a departure from De Cock (DeKok in the English translations). But, in many aspects this new book is very similar to the previous series. Again we have an older Detective working with a much younger colleague.
Peter van Overdoes transfers from the police station in the Warmoestraat to the Raampoort one after the death of his much beloved wife.
In his new station he is partnered with Jacob. While Jacob is a great believer in the modern methods of detecting, Van Overdoes values the old fashioned ways. And there are more reasones why Jacob might be having questions about his new partners efficiency.
Van Overdoes has only arrived at his new desk when he is visited by a young, very beautiful and exclusive prostitute who reports that one of her clients has shown carrying an antigue gun which was stolen from her father years ago. The girl doesn't know the name of the clients, and is found murdered only a short while later.
The two detectives soon find themselves caught up in a cases that has far more angles then they could ever have guessed and dealing with very dark forces. They also find they have a guardian angel looking out for them.
This was a nice book. The solution wasn't a big mystery given the title of the book and the story line, but the way the two men got to the answers and learned to work together at the same time was fun.
Eventhough this is of course a police procedural, it reads more like a cozy mystery; charming and enjoyable.