The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another series I'm reading out of order, and it doesn't seem to matter that much. Vera's self-awareness varies from book to book, and in this case within the book - there are times she knows the effect she has on Joe and Holly, and others when she seems not to. As far as the mystery goes, it's one of those where it's nearly impossible for the reader to solve because the detective has knowledge they're not sharing with us. The setting felt very familiar, but I couldn't find an adaptation of this in the tv series so my guess is that this is one of those Standard British Mystery Settings.