I went to this book for comfort and it definitely delivered. I had been reading a well known and much loved contemporary classic and I just found it too worthy. I needed a book that was going to be like a friend listening to anxieties before dropping off to sleep, rather than one giving me advice on how to change my life. Slip of the Knife is the third in the Paddy Meehan series. She is such a brilliant, likeable detective. As ever with Mina, Glasgow, the city I have lived in for the last 12 years, is alive, well observed and represented. The plot is a good combination of new stuff and threads from the other books and everything is plausible and well pitched. I cannot take fault with anything here: it just gave me what I needed and that is all I ask of my books.