Not my Cup of tea. The mystery/murder was almost tertiary to the novel. It was more like looking into the gossiping interaction of turn of the century Scotland that just happen to have a murder happen. the who done it was irreleavent and the author made it very anticlimatic when you finally get the answer.
Echo Falls (2nd in series) was a good read and did not need the first of the series to make sense, though I will probably go back and pick it up as well as look forward to next chapter in the series. There were some excellent (well hidden) surprise twists that you got about 2/3rd through the book....I love it when I can say I did not see that coming.
An interesting twist to the idea of Zombies. No - longer the bottom feeders of the preternatural set (that would be the Vampires). unfortunately I did not read the 1st of the series so it did take me a while to get the pieces to shape into a whole, example the characters prologue did not come back into play until you were half way through the book. And as will all good series, one is left with needing to find out what happens next to our heroine and white knight and who really is the bad guy the demi-god or the grim reaper here?