There I was, wondering what to read next, and came across this. The cover was somehow different and quirky - pretty much like the words inside in fact.
At first, I couldn't work out what was going on. Was this a comedy? No, as it turns out, but something a little different from your average English crime novel. Mike Malone has a mysterious past and you don't find out much about it either. That, I would assume, will be revealed in further books in this crime series. But what little hints you have, adds to the air of strangeness and unease at the heart of this romp through England's hitherto sleepy shires, in this case the shire is Lincolnshire, although you are not bombarded with scenic or architectural detail.
I was amused at first by the relatively short chapters but they work and are fitting. The characters are typical in one respect. Farmers, publicans, bar maids and dysfunctional families galore. Oh yes, and sheep. If you don't like sheep, don't buy this book.
I enjoyed it!