Ann Cleeves writes fantastic stories. In this a woman commits suicide then a woman undertaking an environmental investigation is murdered. Then another murder occurs.
At first I found this book a bit long winded as Ann works her way through the convoluted lives and property ownership connected with the events. It seems everyone is connected and has a history.
Then halfway through Vera gets involved and her jousting with the people involved is interesting. The wheat is shifted from the chaff as each life is examined and they are put aside as suspects. Ann drops a few big clues but acknowledging them is not the same as understanding their significance. Of course Vera keep the last clue to herself so there can be a big reveal. Still not every mystery is explained.