This is the fourth book in the DCI Hatherall series and it works just fine as a standalone. There are references to previous events but this has no effect on understanding the plot. It does however, make you want to go back and read the previous books as you are given little pieces of information by the author which pique your interest about the other books.
The beginning started off a little slow for me and struggled to hold my interest, but as I read further, I began to feel as though I was solving the mysteries alongside the detectives.
I liked the little bits of dark humour scattered throughout. I particularly enjoyed reading about Colin the dog and Dick and Gladys!
After finishing the book, I was left wanting to know more about Fiona's situation with Julien, however I'm sure that this will be developed later in the series. Other than this, I liked the ending as it wrapped things up nicely, but it would've been nice to have more detail about the motivations behind the events and exactly why they were committed. For me that aspect felt slightly rushed as personally, I prefer it when it's explained thoroughly.
I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a traditional English mystery with interesting characters and a great plot.
This e-book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.