Inspector Truchaud is now back working in Paris, nursing a bruised if not broken heart after the delicious Nathalie has announced to him that she is going to have a baby with his colleague/rival, Inspector Lucas. When Lucas’ body is found, murdered, on the stage of the Loreley Theatre in the German Rhineland, Truchaud is sent to liaise with the German police over the murder. What nobody realises until Truchaud arrives is that Lucas was traveling with the heavily pregnant Nathalie, who has now disappeared. Truchaud dedicates all of his considerable energies and ingenuity to discovering what has happened, not only to the dead Lucas, but also, much more importantly to him, to the missing Nathalie…

To be published 19th September 2019