Charles Todd is one of my favorite authors of all time.
At first, I was a bit worried about him publishing an independent story--what would happen to him without Ian Rutledge and Hamish? But this shows his mastery of the mystery genre. For anyone who, like me, never gets tired of a dead body in the library of an English manor (or variation on the basic "Clue" theme), but demands an elegant writing style, this is a must read.
What begins as a simple murder quickly unravels into a tangled skein of complex characters, social maneuverings, family secrets...really, anyone who loves a good mystery (without being ridiculous, cheesy, or predictable) can enjoy.