This book is an interesting first for a series. It lays good groundwork for morally (mildly) grey characters. It borders between normal police procedural and a cozy mystery. I will not go into the details of why that is the case, but I do not recommend going into it if you are not fond of police procedurals.
We have a man, Nico Doyle, who is mourning the loss of his wife in a place that he identifies best with her. Amid his regular routine, he finds a dead body and gets embroiled in the investigation about the man. The local law enforcement looks forward to his help while they continue to diligently work the case. There are layers of relationships discussed in the chapters. It handles how people interact with each other. Almost everyone we meet is harbouring a secret. By the end of the book, we know all the salient information. Even with all the jabs the main characters make at each other there is something likeable about most of them.
It is not a fast-paced book with some back and forth to cover all the bases and the earlier mentioned plodding police work. My interest never waned during the read, which is always a bonus. I was not so invested in the ultimate outcome as I was with the relative comfort of all the people in the circle.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.