I enjoyed this book more than I expected to particularly as many reviews criticised the book for being over descriptive, a trait I normally find to be both pretentious and tedious in the extreme.
However this book's measured pace, slow but not plodding, left plenty of room for the for a detailed but restrained depiction of the weather and the countryside.
The element of mystery surrounding the court case held the narrative together as the author delved into the interlocking histories of the various protagonists.
On the minus side, I probably liked the Japanese woman a lot, than I was supposed to. I not sure whether this was just because I felt she was capricious or due to a culture clash with an accurately portrayed Japanese character.