I apologise. I got it all wrong. This IS the second book AFTER Case Histories starring Jackson Brodie.
This book is set against the Edinburgh Arts Festival, and describes the on-going relationship between Julia and Jackson. Julia (an actress) is here for a play and Jackson, having inherited a huge sum of money, is here to keep her company. In the process of touring Edinburg, he witnessed a road rage, discovered a dead body of a girl and was nearly drowned while trying to retrieve the body. He lost the body and the police, who had saved him, did not believe his story, nor about finding a name card from Favours tugged between the breasts of the victim.
Martin, a crime writer, not only witnessed the road rage but possibly saved the victim when he threw his lap top at the aggressor, who was about to club the victim with a baseball bat. He was hailed a hero and made guardian to the victim, Ray Bradley by taking care of him when Ray got discharged. He found a gun in Ray’s possession, and when he awoke the next morning, he was robbed and Ray had disappeared.
Meanwhile in Martin’s home, where he was hosting a comedian Richard Moat, who was performing at the festival, his maid from Favours, an agency, discovered the dead body of Richard Moat, who was shot at closed range that made identifying the body impossible. The body was mistakenly identified as Martin, based on the Martin’s watch on Richard’s wrist.
Gloria’s husband laid in coma in the hospital and everyone was looking for him. He had suffered a heart attack while in the company of his Russian mistress Titiana. The authority was closed in heels in their investigation for fraud relating to Hatter’s Home. Gloria was making preparation to leave the marriage and removing all her husband’s wealth.
Louise is the investigating inspector for the cases that is happening. A single mother, she is worried about her teenage son, Archie and the company he kept. Attracted to Jackson, we see her again in another book, When will There Be Good News https://vickychong.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/when-will-there-be-good-news-by-kate-atkinson/ where their attraction rekindled.
Atkinson has a habit of introducing new names to the stories she writes, and then using flashbacks to integrate the names, which can be quite annoying at first, especially when there are so many names around. But once immersed in the reading, you wouldn’t want to put it away.