DO NOT be put off by a tacky cover or title. The Seventh Sinner introduces one of the all time great female, smart "aleck" sleuths in the malice domestic genre, Jaqueline Kirby. Smart, acerbic, very fuuny but a tad condescending, J. Kirby is a great predecessor for current female PI's and detectives now common in the mystery field. The Seventh Sinner is set in Rome where Jake meets up with a group of seven students, the seven sinners, and becomes embroiled in the suicide (or is it murder) of an outsider to the group. Cryptic death messages, death attempts, subterranean crypts, intelligent characters and a pithy conversational style make this a very enjoyable read. Elizabeth Peters, who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Michaels, is a classical archaeoligist and, as with all her books, incorporates historical and archaelogical elements with the plot. I highly recommend The Seventh Sinner as well as E. Peters other books. Jaqueline Kirby pops up next in The Murder Of Richard III. Be aware of one thing, The Seventh Sinner was written in the early 70s so a few references are slightly out of date, but nothing to disturb the rhythym of the story.