It’s a while since I read this and I realised when I started this sentence that I couldn’t even recall the plot. Presumably someone died at some stage. Then it came back to me. There is something rather comforting in the predictability of books such as this. It’s undemanding and involves death through murder in a feel-good sort of way.
As a devotee of the BBC series Hamish Macbeth based on these novels I was surprised to discover that the Hamish of the TV series does not quite fit with the Hamish of the book; well, not the one I remember anyway. I suppose that I shouldn’t have been surprised but I did rather prefer the TV Hamish.
Even I (a person who reads novels, even light ones, as though they were legal tomes) managed to read this in a few hours in small bite-sized chunks. It can safely be said, therefore, that it’s not long or demanding. But it is good fun and there are much worse ways of spending a few hours - even if they did happen to be on a ‘plane journey when the alternatives were hardly throwing themselves at me.
Would I recommend it? Yeah, why not. I’m sure you’d enjoy it ‘cos, frankly, there’s nothing not to enjoy about it.