my take: i like “light mysteries” … a mild who-done-it with a bit of humor. i enjoyed the young female detective … hubby thought she was annoying … i thought her chemistry knowledge was more than her 11 years could know, but hey! it’s fiction. the setting is England post World War II … we had read the enormous Winston Churchill biography for book chicks, so i was feeling very English history savvy and therefore read with a bit of smugness, always a plus.

my source: daughter anne suggested and reports this is the first in a series, if you’re into that sort of thing … have a copy of the shelf for loan

my recommend: those of you who like No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency … also try The Coroner’s Lunch

my rating: a fun read, clever