This is a well written book with pleasant characters so 4 stars. The plot, the hunt for a serial killer of prostitutes, offers nothing new and the subplot, the murder of the vicar's wife, is rather ludicrous. This is a cozy mystery in that there is no blood and guts and very little reference to actual police procedure. I guessed who the murderer was early on because so little was said about him. It is a pleasant way to pass a few mindless hours.