Gotta love when they work. Yes, this is a cozy mystery, yes it is formulaic, yes it is a book I'd recommend. As I've said before I don't mind formula books if the details are interesting. I enjoy the fact that the main character's home/business has a giant birch tree going through the middle of it. Quick, easy and entertaining, I would recommend reading book 1 Crime and Poetry first, as some things referenced in this book hinge on that one.