This is the first Dandy Gilver book I've read, and I really enjoyed it.
I loved Dandy, with her slightly scatty approach, her articulate voice, and her determination to get more out of life than her dull marriage allows. I loved Alec, and need to read the first book to find out how he came on the scene. I loved Bunty the dog, who was brilliantly characterised. I loved the details of 1940s rural Fife, and all the goings-on in a very "closed-in" village.
My only problem with the book was that I found the plot quite confusing - particularly towards the end, where several strands seem to get tangled together and I wasn't entirely sure what had happened. However, I am never good at this sort of thing, and still enjoy reading detective novels, just for the characterisation and the settings, both of which were very good.
Will definitely read more, and have After The Armistice Ball waiting for me now.