At the beginning of this book, campus cop Peggy O'Neill is recovering from injuries she suffered while on her last case. She becomes acquainted with Pia Austin, who is writing a thesis on Hans Christian Anderson. Peggy learns about two new worlds when she meets Pia's boyfriend Christian, the college's star quarterback and Sam, their friend who is into drama. Sam is producing "The Emperor's New Clothes" and the person who was to play the emperor is sick. He persuades Peggy to take the part. At the same time, there is a symposium about Hans Christian Anderson which is being sponsored by the University, and Pia's cold and remote father, Jens Lindemann, is the main speaker. Early on, Lindemann is killed. There are no end of suspects because Lindemann was very much a womanizer, and he also was the object of jealousy by his colleagues. Since Peggy is on leave from the campus police, she agrees to join the investigation until she goes back to work full-time. She does a lot of sleuthing and finally makes some clever deductions which lead her to the killer. Lake weaves a clever plot, and,despite a rather unusual ending, this is a very good mystery.