The Sideman follows on The Suffering of Strangers, which I've not read. Usually, I don't have any trouble beginning in the middle or at the end of a series, but The Sideman gave me fits initially because it was so obviously connected to a previous story, and I was not familiar with the previous books or the plot. Most authors manage to give enough background to make it easy to follow, but The Sideman was like beginning a book in the middle with no correlations to rely on. There were so many characters that it seemed the reader was expected to know...and I didn't.
That said, I was intrigued enough to persevere and eventually found myself engrossed. Caro Ramsay is a new author to me and The Sideman is the 10th in a series of the Anderson and Costello novels set in Glasgow.
Brief description from blurb: Detective Inspector Costello has resigned. No notice, no goodbyes. Convinced that George Haggerty murdered his wife and son despite his cast-iron alibi, Costello has gone solo, determined to expose a ruthless killer without being hampered by police protocol. But is she right about Haggerty’s guilt? And where has she disappeared to?
Expecting Costello to have a large role, I was puzzled when she failed to actually show up. Her partner and friends are concerned about her, but Costello is a notable absence in what was (for me) at first a hugely puzzling plot. Gradually, I was drawn in and picked up enough of the previous story to have some background with which to work. About a quarter of the way in, I was completely invested.
In spite of my initial confusion, I think this is a series I'd like to pursue--but beginning with the first book!
Read in June; blog review scheduled for Sept. 17.
Mystery/Thriller. Oct. 1, 2018. Print length: 256 pages.