While at times I felt it was a bit indulgent, this book did grow on me. I didn't find the idea of an older, English, woman detective to be anything new. I did like her sarcasm and at time she seemed to poke gun at herself. If you want a cozy, mystery novel, this one will do.
M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.