Because there is a lot to be admired about this story in which a burnt out (Nervous breakdown? PTSD?) Inspector Grant goes on sick leave. Grant’s mental struggles are sympathetically described and this part of the novel works really well – as is the description of the death of a young man in a train’s department and Grant being on hand for the body’s discovery.
As beautifully written as some of the narrative was, the Scottish part of the story rambled a bit for me,although some of it was very witty.
Wee Archie was wielding a shepherd’s crook that, as Tommy remarked later, no shepherd would be found dead with, and he was wearing a kilt that no Highlander would dream of being found alive in.
The story really picked up with the arrival of (view spoiler)[ Tad Cullen (hide spoiler)] and it becomes nearer to a true detective story. Unfortunately there is also a (view spoiler)[written confession (hide spoiler)] which I think takes a little away from some of the detective work.