For a Ruth Galloway mystery, Ruth plays a minor role in this mystery. It's more a Detective Nelson story. The mystery plot also plays a minor role to the relationships among the characters in this novel. I skipped pages of those descriptions. The mystery is solved close to the end of the novel so read the first few pages to get info on the done deed and then skip towards the end where the mystery is solved, if like me, you are not into the odd personal relationships of the characters in this novel/series. The author uses the first person to write the story - another unusual characteristic - one I don't really like. Probably am not enticed to read more by Emily Griffiths if this novel is characteristic of her plotting, writing style, and character development.