I just finished this book and I enjoyed it immensely. This is my first Sharyn McCrumb book and I love her writing style and her wit. I will definitely be reading more of her books.
That said, I wouldn't recommend reading this book before you read the others in the Elizabeth MacPherson series. Most series writers that I read (for instance, Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone books) give enough background information in each book that you can pick up any one of them and you don't feel like you've missed something. My first Kinsey Milhone book was "M is for Malice" and I didn't feel lost at all -- but I did start reading the series from the beginning.
That was not the case with this book. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, so I will just generally say that you can tell there's *something* going on with Elizabeth and Cameron, her significant other or husband, but you really have a hard time figuring out what it is until almost the end of the book -- and even then it's a guess. It's a little distracting because Elizabeth is supposed to be the focus of the series, but she seems to be distracted by something the reader isn't completely privy to.
I highly recommend this book as a fun read, but don't make your introduction to this series.
My absolute favorite of all the Elizabeth MacPherson mysteries. You can really see the author's and character's growth.