Professor Challis is invited into a garden with statues of twelve girls, and is intrigued by the mysterious disappearance of the sculptor. He meets one of the models, a Greek girl named Polly, and he begins to inquire into the mystery. Challis is plunged into the world of art dealers, audacious fake art, blackmail, and murder. But the mystery always goes back to the twelve girls who modeled for the statues in the garden.
I liked this murder mystery! It was interesting and kept my attention. I liked the writing style and the way the author paints this picture of sultry models, glamorous artists, and shady art deals in Paris or Athens. With just one paragraph, the reader is plunged into a world of glamor and deceit.
I liked the character of Professor Challis. He is old and curious and intelligent. He is full of charm and kindness. All the characters around him are hiding their own little secrets, and he cleverly calls their bluff and finds out the truth.
I enjoyed the mystery and the action. There were several plot twists that caught me by surprise. There were a few wonderfully suspenseful scenes and wild moments of danger.