Wealthy and rakish Keith Vickers has lived at Ca'an Mortice, a luxurious estate on the Spanish island of Mallorca, ever since he experienced a series of failed business attempts back in England. Living off his inheritance and the profits of his latest corrupt property venture, Keith has dated and abandoned woman after woman. When Keith's boat is found empty, drifting out to sea, no one is too worried. But then Inspector Alvarez discovers that no one has seen the man for several days, and is unsurprised when it turns out to be a case of murder. As Inspector Alvarez continues his investigation, he discovers more about Keith Vickers's political intrigues and his life as a notorious philanderer, making An Artful Death one of Roderic Jeffries's most entertaining and witty Inspector Alvarez mysteries.