Unorthodox detectives have proved to be very popular in recent years - Erast Fandorin, Precious Ramotswe, Agatha Raisin to name but a few - and we can now add to the list two bickering RAF wives in dire need of a good shagging.
When one of their fellow wives tops herself Pru reveals to Lena her collection of suicide notes, the most recent addition to which is one from a newly overdosed C-list TV presenter. Over more than a couple glasses of gin they decide to delve deeper into this celebrity suicide and pootle off on a bad tempered trek to the coast and into a whole heap of trouble.
Think Birds of a Feather crossed with Hot Fuzz.
Light Reading is dark. Very dark. But it is equally funny. Lena and Pru argue more than they detect and aren't averse to a bit of hows-yer-father with some of the blokes they meet on the way. It is a most unusual whodunnit (or did anyone do it?) and one that proves far more entertaining that most of its formulaic rivals.
If you like crime fiction but are looking for something a bit different then may I point you in the direction of this. And then give you a firm prod in the back.