This book is the fourth in the Sigrid Harald series that Margaret Maron began writing before her very popular Deborah Knott series.
It takes place in New York City and features the quirky but brilliant homicide detective Sigrid Harald. I truly enjoyed the book when I read it in the 1990s and, having just re-read it, enjoyed it just as much although, of course, technology is outdated as are some other aspects of procedures and the city of itself. Still, Sigrid is a strong character and the mysteries involved are well constructed and not predictable. I highly recommend this book and the series.
Plus! I read that Maron is now going to treat us with a new Sigrid Harald book now that she's retired Deborah Knott.