I agree with the prior comment. I love this series, and overall the books in this series are 4-5 stars. This book is not up to the author's usual standard. I enjoyed getting caught up on the lives of Faith and her family and friends, but the plot of this book was less appealing, and I did not care about the extra characters who appear only in this book. I found the ending abrupt and unconvincing. So my recommendation is to start at the beginning (The Body in the Belfry) and read the series in order; most of the books are much better than this one. I especially enjoy the books that take place on Sanpere Island, a fictional island off the coast of Maine. This author knows Maine (where I grew up).