This is the first book in the Inspector McLean series that I have read and although many books came before it and there were references to past cases, it works brilliantly as a standalone novel. The fact that I hadn't read the other books didn't prevent me from following what was going on. However, for a deeper understanding of McLean's character and past, it would definitely be worth reading the previous books.
The story isn't very fast-paced as the case itself moves along quite slowly, therefore it took me longer to read than usual and a little longer to get interested and fully absorbed. There were plenty of rich descriptions throughout though which I think eventually were the thing that involved me in the book.
At the start, I didn't really care about the characters or find myself connecting with them. However I did find that by the end, I was quite attached to McLean. I enjoyed the conclusion and the wrap up of the mystery. I especially liked the final revelation from Emma.
I also really liked that the setting was Scotland. I felt that it gave a unique edge to the book as the use of Scottish words and phrases helped to involve me at a greater level and feel as though I could hear the characters speak.
Overall, I'd give the book 3.5/5. I did enjoy it eventually and would recommend it for fans of detective novels who don't mind a slightly slower pace.
This e-book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.