I have to say this is the first crime book I have read where the detective didn't solve the murder. Not only that but in the end it was the rats who did the job.
I was interested to read this book having watched the television series a while ago. This was a story not turned into tv (or if it was I missed it) and I loved the food, Zens flu, the wine and the eccentric doctor.
It was quite funny in parts. Zen was certainly a strange one, definitely a councelling session or two needed there but the book lost me in parts and I think the title was laboured. Minot's character was particularly good, an excellent murderer but as I said at the start I found it very strange to read a book where the detective doesn't deliver the goods.
It was book number 6 in the series and I didn't struggle joining so late in the day however you glimpsed there was content in the earlier books that would have added to Zens character.
I won't rush out to buy all previous 5 books but if one landed on my lap I would give it a go. Easy to read, not too long and lovely setting.