This was not a scary/gory Stephen King but rather an old-fashioned mystery. Does take the Lord's name in vain a couple of times but, no sex. It would be fine for your mother or grandmother if they like mysteries. My mother--prefers them a bit spicier actually.
A good read and mystery. Bit of a period piece being from the late 50's-early 60's. Typical British class conflicts, etc.. Good believable characters. Only one I didn't like was the spoilt "son of the manor" but I should not give away anything of the plot.
Neither vulgar nor malicious--just a good mystery.
Do you like British humor? A literary work in which human vice and folly is attacked through irony, derision and wit under the guise of "fantasy literature". You can't just read one Terry Pratchett novel, trust me on this.
I enjoyed the book. It is not "All Creatures Great and Small"--there is profanity and mild sexual content. It is an entertaining, fictionalized account of a new doctor fitting into a Northern Ireland village practice. I enjoyed it enough to read the second book in the series.
I liked the book very much, better than the first book. You don't need to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this one. The story lines & characters kept me engaged and it was quite a pleasant read.
As I said in my review of the 1st book in the series, it isn't "All Creatures Great and Small" but for me an excellent substitute. A bit too much sex but the book takes place during the swinging 60's, mini-skirts & the Beatles so the narrative is going to be more explicit than in the setting of our beloved Vet in post-war Yorkshire.