My first Rankin book (of many more to come). Loved the challenge!! Not only is there a labyrinth of plots and interesting characters, but the setting of Scotland opens up a whole new vista for readers of mysteries, not to mention the colorful language! We're off to Scotland for our first trip there this summer and decided to read the #1 crime writer's book to put us in the mood and get ins to the locale and vocabulary. It was served up in style: Oxford Bar, Weegie-land, stooshie, usquebaugh, squaddies, Furry Boot Town, Ribena, Irn Bru, parrafin budgies, choobs, blether and on and on.... btw Black and Blue is a Rolling Stone number and Ian Rankin is always tying his moods into various musicians and their music! It's a super read.