I read "One Good Turn" by Kate Atkinson a few weeks ago now. I'm not usually into crime novels or mysteries, but Atkinson is a great story spinner! The story picks up where "Case Histories"* left off though if you didn't read it you could read this without wondering what's going on.
"One Good Turn" focuses on Jackson Brodie who is a former private detective. He is in Edinburgh, Scotland with his girlfriend Julia who is engrossed in a play and has little time for Jackson. Wandering around, he stumbles onto a crime scene and into a maze of characters that Atkinson develops evenly through each chapter. This book is a little confusing as there are many characters who, as the reader, you know have to be involved with one another. The central mystery also changes about half-way through the book, but it kept me interested and involved. I think this book would be a great beach read, could be a quick read if you wanted it to be. I would recommend it to those who don't normally read mysteries for something different!
*By the way I know I read "Case Histories" also by Kate Atkinson before Christmas last year...why didn't I put it on my list or write about it?? That's strange. I really loved reading that book.