Quantum Immortality and Black Matter are but a few of the oblique references in this difficult book to categorise. With rich wonderful characters, morgue scenes and missing person investigations, there is a real quality and rhythm to this book. Despite this being the second book in the Skelf women series and having not read the first instalment, it was a blast of an escapade. There are three generations of women living in Edenborough, who are strong, flawed and part of a wonderful cosmopolitan city. So, not surprisingly and whilst its quirkiness isn’t for all, it’s easily a five-star rating. Doug Johnston has written a truly amazing epic that is darkly humorous, yet life affirming and a joy to behold.