I love detective fiction; I love the mystery of Cathedral Closes; I love small town intrigue.
So I took a chance with this book.
And I'm glad I did. Ms Holt has an easy and delightful writing style; the plot is well crafted; the characters drawn in a three dimensional way and the descriptions of the places are so vivid, that after a very short time, you are there, in the story, along with the other characters, whom you recognise as friends, or otherwise, just as would Mrs Mallory, a delightful woman herself, down to earth, but intelligent and well read; just the kind of person you'd want as a friend.
I'm delighted with the book and have gone on since to read another 4 of these stories. And I shall buy more.