Some passages were a bit slow. There is a lot of conversations between the characters, and inner reflections by the main character going nowhere interesting. So I was slightly bored a couple of times. Also as a historical mystery it lacked somewhat 'mystery'. I mean the reader could easily guess the murdered and the murderer. Even the motive was plain obvious. Personally when it comes to mysteries I like to form my own list of suspects and hypotheses. In A Morbid Taste for Bones the reader just has to wait until the characters figure it all out by themselves. Nevertheless I really enjoyed the writing style and will give the second book a try.