This is number nine in the Rev. Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne series of mysteries but works really well as a stand-alone book.
It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I was in I was all the way in. The characters developed really naturally and the mystery unfolded at just the right pace to really pique my interest.
I did guess at who the killer was with about a third of the book to go, but there was still so much wonderful character building and back story to be had that I didn’t find it disappointing at all.
Both Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne’s characters really grew on me over the course of the book and I’m really looking forward to reading the earlier series and learning even more about them. There were other wonderful relationships between supporting characters too, and I suspect some of those are given prominence in earlier books.
If you love a good small-town mystery then this is definitely the book for you!