The Lacquered Box is the last book in a trilogy of novels that also includes "The Patterned Flute" and "The Stolen Crate". Kate Halton a folk musician and Liz Sharpe a photographer, the lesbian couple who met in "The Patterned Flute", find themselves once again unintentionally involved in the middle of a mystery: someone is stealing antiques from the houses of old people that have died.
This book is very funny and will make you laugh out loud while Kate and Liz, a very unconventional and funny couple, together with their group of friends try to solve the mystery. Helen Shacklady's writing improved steadily since her first book and the excellent character delineation and nice plot make this book probably the best in the trilogy. However the whole trilogy is certainly worth reading. Kate and Liz are characters that you will certainly not forget.