This is closer to a 3.5 than a 3. I must admit that I do enjoy cozies and novels that take place in the victorian era in general. I read a nice review about one of the later novels in this series but figured if the first one wasn't any good then this wasn't a series for me. The mystery had me guessing all the way to the end which is what I hope for in a good mystery story. All in all a nice diversion and I will probably read a few more at some point.