Usually, Brett's writing is witty and urbane. It was hard to swallow stuff like..."Jude was thinking about the man in London she'd had a relationship with"...hmm. Wouldn't she be thinking about him by name? Or, after a description of Brian Helling..."He was very dangerous." Show me.
Also, the book was very poorly edited. In the copy I read, at the climax of the action Brian Helling was called "Nick Helling".
So, I guess you can see I was disappointed! I hope if this series continues Brett will try a lot harder to make it worthy of his talent.
The situation is ripe for satire and yet Brett's storyline is grim, quite possibly due to the focus on Carol who really is quite dour. My sense is that Brett relishes characters with quirks and neither Jude nor Carol have many. I found the mystery itself dissatisfying and can only recommend it for Brett's talent for description of the village and some of the peripheral characters.