This is the first Inspector Banks novel, or indeed the first Peter Robinson novel that I have read. I found the plot engrossing, the characters well drawn. Inspector Banks is almost too good to be true, his handling of suspects is sensitive and compassionate. His relationships with his co-workers and family are well portrayed. I loved the musical refferences, in fact I will be looking for several of the pieces mentioned, especially the Vivaldi, you will have to read the book to see what I mean by this. I had figured out "who dun it" before the climax of the book, but that did not detract from my enjoyment. I will be looking for more books by Peter Robinson.