Having read and enjoyed the previous Ramsay case, I quickly picked up the next and rapidly absorbed this one, even quicker than usual when sat in the garden! Again, this comes in at just under 200 pages, but it is packed chock-full which is why I couldn't put this down until finished. Cleeves even finds time in such a short space of time to peel back and show us a little more of the insecure Ramsay, especially how he has become such an island since his divorce and his tentative steps to start dating again.
The case is the killing of a typical do-gooder who seemed no better than a nosey parker, or was she really sincere? The family dynamic is worked in with the case and it is amazing that Cleeves manages to pack in so much in, which is wonderful as many books these days are filled with padding. Some authors should read these sorts of books and realise that you can deliver everything, pathos, human interaction, familial complications and a stonking good solid murder mystery without delivering it in a book the size of a breeze block. This one published in 1992 is a winner in my book and a cracking read.