My first ever read of M C Beaton. A short review.
I've got several of them on my shelf and find them very easy to read. The books are small, a good sized font and are ideal for someone who can read in between appointments, endlessly waiting for someone (me) so this was a quick read.
I found the style succinct and to the point. I expected much more. I thought the rural setting of the Highlands would have been more descriptive. I think I've got used to (and liked) descriptions of the country where the book is actually based. This may be due to the fact that I enjoy travel and this is another vicarious way of visiting these fabulous places! from that point of view this book disappointed me but that is me.
Straight forward murders in a sleepy locale. The local cop is looked on as a bright spark by some and a plodder by others. He however has the reputation of finding the killer (always!). Quirky characters involved including the murdered victims and all are not what they seem - including the copper's pets - loved their names by the way Lugs and Sonsie! thought that was really good.
A pleasant enough read and if you are looking for a book that you could just pick up and start and then put aside and come back to later this is perfect.