This is the third book in the series featuring a young woman detective. The first book, Sweet Little Lies, was one of my favourite books of the year (2017). The main character is feisty and well-rounded, as are all of the permanent characters, and they interact authentically.
Her career is well on its way now and the story revolves around the police procedural aspects, and despite me not being in the British police force, there is a genuine feel to the methods portrayed. I especially like the police banter. Each of the people questioned and investigated are fully formed and even the more offbeat folk are very human.
The book is written with an earthy wit and warmth so that the terrible content (a well-decayed corpse) and a potential serial killer is not overly depressing. It is a good plot and therefore mystery, but it is really the characters that make this series. So much so, that I looked forward to the private life of the police officer more than the case, which at times was a bit slow. However, I didn't see that end. Excellent stuff.
Well written and a good read. Recommended.