I have not read anything else by this author. I downloaded the book because it was free on Amazon. What a terrific book!
A series of animal thefts escalates in a suburb in North London. Finally, an elephant disappears, and DI Crombie sets out to investigate himself. The trail leads him to some unexpected places, and some unexpected allies.
The dialogue is well-written, the plot is exciting, and the characters are very believeable. An interesting, humourous book, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Although this is, apparently, the third in a series, it was not necessary to have read the earlier books - situations are referred to, but are not central to the plot of this book.