I had high hopes for this one after being briefly introduced to Merryn in Whisper of Scandal. She seemed like an intriguingly sneaky character. So I was really disappointed to find her naive to the point of stupidity and a totally ineffective sneak. She was working for an inquiry agency (awesome), but she relied solely on the fact that people regarded her as a bland, quiet bluestocking to do her sneaking--she actually has negative talent for sneaking or subterfuge. She was also working for a totally obvious bad guy, and she thought they were akin to siblings. Gag. I really couldn't stand her. She was a horribly weak character.