This is the opening novel with Kate Fansler as the intellectual academic reluctant detective. We find all the ingredients in the first book that made the series interesting and different: intellectual puzzles, the mystery set in a somewhat ivory tower space, here, a psychoanalyst's office and home. You get literary discussions and mentions (Lord Peter *smile*), psychoanalytic debates about Freud, etc. The plot is fairly simple : why would a former student of Kate end up stabbed on the couch of the psychoanalyst Kate recommended to her? Did the analyst do it? I had less than 50 pages left to read and I still had no idea of who and why and didn't mind. Yes, the ending is somewhat far fetched but has a certain flair in the way it's delivered and constructed. I liked it.