Top positive review
at least 4 1/2 stars
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2018
This is the first in a series, so be prepared that if you like it then the others will become necessary reads. (I have just finished #11.) Also this series was published under different titles, so make sure you aren't getting something you already have. Now on to the review. The books are murder mystery/British police procedural with some personal storyline thrown in. They are well written, drop hints about the identity of the murderer without being too obvious and come to satisfying conclusions. They are British, so expect British slang and customs but they have little sex and little fowl language. The title tells you where, hints along the way will tell you who (so if you don't like guessing the who before it is revealed, then this series is not for you), the investigation tells how and why and when, but the story isn't all about the murder. The author manages to incorporate a lot of personal stuff about all the characters without it taking over the story. However the personal stuff is the continuing part so if you like the characters, then you will want more. The books are relatively short, not too complicated but well written, and great for trips, beach reads, rainy afternoons, etc. The author does do summary bits of the personal things that occur, but the books should be read in order. Each Amazon summary has a handy list of the titles in order.