Best friends Paige and Sophie make up the detective duo that is Squirrel & Swan. And while their impressive psychology skills are sometimes hampered by Paige’s less-than-stellar social skills and Sophie’s cumbersome anxiety, for the most part, they’re a pretty formidable team.
And let’s hope so, because they’ve embarked on the somewhat unlikely post-doctoral endeavour of opening an Investigations Agency (with mixed levels of optimism and enthusiasm). And for a while, things seem rather dire with not even a whiff of a potential client.
But finally, finally, the phone rings. Unfortunately for Paige, it’s her mother, but this time she’s not calling to remind Paige that her biological clock is ticking (a little unfair given Paige hasn’t yet turned thirty), but instead to bring news of a potential case. Someone is kidnapping pets, and the head of the Remuera Ladies Bridge Club wants to know who’s responsible. Then – because when it rains it pours – the possibility of another case appears: the disappearance of 19-year-old Polly Dixon.
As they put their psychology skills to work and follow the clues, things take an unexpected turn. No one could have predicted how the two cases would become entangled, but can Paige and Sophie use this to their advantage to solve them both?