Reading this series always puts me in mind of sitting on the banks of a slowly moving river on a beautiful early summer day. I feel absolutely wonderful reading these books even if they are about murder and the effects of war. The only thing that bothers me is that I honestly can not give them 5 stars for as wonderful as they are there's always something that takes my rating down a notch. In this case, about 1/2 way through, the story takes a sharp detour before getting back on course. Reading it, it felt as if while riding on a smooth meandering road the driver slammed the brakes for no apparent reason - very jarring. Of course I still enjoyed the book and will continue the series!