I usually love Ann Granger's Mitchell and Markby series. This book is the 12 in the series. I usually like the combination of English village cozy and police procedural that these books usually offer. The mysteries are always a little tricky and I like the exchanges between Meredith Mitchell and Alan Markby. Alan is a police inspector in a small country district and Meredith is his girlfriend. She is a civil servant in the foreign office. But this book was missing a lot of these things. The mystery was fairly simple, and both Alan and Meredith seem to be rather ineffectual in their parallel investigations. I didn't even get much village flavour in this book except for the laconic builder George Biddock and the local gypsy family who are camped on the victim's land. There were a lot of loose ends and loose threads in the plot too. Disappointing.