I was going to save this book for Bingo, but I'm hoping to attend a few panels Donna Andrews is on at Bouchcon, and it seemed appropriate to be up to date on my favorite series beforehand.
The story didn't work as well for me as others have, but it did feel edgier, which was a compelling surprise. The criminal suspects are really criminals, and at one point someone shoots at Meg. Not the standard fair for Meg and her eccentric and fabulous family.
Even though I say it's not as strong as others in the series, it's still better than most cozies out there right now. It's definitely the best humorous cozy series you're going to find, and Andrews has the awards to prove it. The plotting is still strong too, even after 22 books - I certainly never came close to guessing the ending.
Opening one of these books is like coming home to your favorite people, where everyone is kind, funny, competent and believes in something bigger than themselves, whether it's family, community, God, or all of the above.