The second in Galbraith's Alice Rice series, I found this disappointing. Just as tedious as the male alcoholic maverick detective is the downtrodden, victimised female detective, surrounded by incompetent, sexist males and smart hard-working women. Unfortunately in this outing this is the route Galbraith has chosen to follow.
The plot is fairly basic and there are no surprises in the solution. The characterisation, praised by other reviewers, seemed weak and superficial to me. The male police officers in particular are stereotyped in the extreme - sexist and rather stupid. In this book, Alice falls in love, but the man in question is given no personality - presumably we are supposed to remember all about him from the first book, but I'm afraid I didn't, and I learned nothing about him in this episode. The love affair appears to be meteoric and the underlying message that 'Alice needs to have a man to be complete' made me cringe.
Overall, although the book was surprisingly short, I found it a struggle to maintain my interest to the end and I doubt if I will be reading any more in the series.