The two main characters, introvert Christopher just wanting an average quiet life & extrovert private detective wanna be Amaryllis become involved in solving an armed robbery & murder while small town Pitkirty is cut off during heavy snow fall.
Newcomer Mal, an ex army soldier, extrovert & adventure seeker catches Amaryllis's attention as she ponders exciting possibilities outside Pitkirtly & away from Christopher, but all is not as it seems with Mal.
The local police while trying to solve the robbery & murder have other issues to contend with & due to the Christmas season are under staffed.
The storyline builds with other characters becoming involved including the Lord of Pitkirtly Manor, with some twists & turns.
Much of the time it felt like a Novel set in the 1950's with the characters names, bumbling police, rules amiss, a feisty private eye, a cosy tea & cake type mystery, which dont get me wrong , i enjoy that type of read but then i would be jolted back to the present day by someone answering a mobile phone or the mention of 24hrs news channel on tv.
I struggled with the name Amaryliss throughout the book, it just seemed out of place to me & found it distracting but others may not have this issue.
It's a slow start but then picks up & held my attention more from about half way through with plenty of action towards the end.
Overall a cosy read