I have only recently found Ms. Templeton and am I glad I did. This book is a combination traditional mystery/police procedural with interesting characters, particularly Diane Braithwaite. Her characters are all very real and human. The plot is tight and keeps you guessing. There are lots of suspects, some good tension, and excellent dialogue. The book is worth searching out and I look forward to reading more by this author.
As a long-term fan of Ms Templeton I have read and enjoyed all the Marjorie Fleming books but this is the first stand-alone novel of hers I have tried, and realised what I have been missing! Set against the background of a music festival (think Aldeburgh) the Ramillies Festival was very successful under the direction of its creator, a well-known and charismatic conductor, but after his death it is no longer so successful under the aggressive direction of his daughter and tensions amongst the orchestra and household are rising to dangerous levels. When the police become involved matters do not improve as the two officers leading the investigation fail to agree on how to run the case. Both a mystery and a police procedura, the book succeeds on all levels and I thoroughly enjoyed it.