Eh. I generally enjoy Bailey Cates' writing, but a few of my least favorite tropes were trotted out for this one: the relationship crossroads; the ex's last ditch effort (which was SO transparently meant to give Steve an HEA) at reconciliation; the jealousy bit with Mungo the dog... eh.
The mystery plotting didn't light up my disco ball either. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great; too few clues and a reliance on the 'lightbulb' moment at the very end. Reading Golden Age mysteries is ruining my mediocre tastes.
Still, a relaxing enough read when one's brain has been overtaxed in real life.
This book qualifies for the Murder Your Darlings Scene of the Crime card: Gryffindor Common Room. This was one of the crime scenes identified by Nighttime Reading Center in the Green Game Round, so worth 10 points for my team (Themis-Athena, Lillelara and myself).
My misunderstanding of the rules left me with this book unused, so I'm using it for the Suspect: Jane Austen cards. (Alliterative Title)