I thought this was one of the best crime novels I have read that has been written in the last 20 years. I find it extremely satisfying that not only is Dandy a good detective, but that she thinks as someone living through the post-war period would have been likely to. Ms McPherson has drawn excellent 3D characters and although I knew nothing about Scotland (either in the 1920s or even much now) before reading this series I felt that I had gained an insight into that society at that time. One other thing that is great is the nature of the relationship between Dandy and Alec.
If you enjoyed Dorothy L. Sayers then I like to think you would enjoy these - they are not the same, as that would be too boring, but they are intelligently written, the outcomes are feasible and it is hard waiting for the next one in the series.