I'm in the Kate Atkinson fan club, but as some of the other readers pointed out, be dogged in getting through those first 100 pages because you know there's a treasure on the other side as the pieces coalesce. (Writing out the characters and a couple of words about how they fit was handy since I had to put the book down a few times over the week.)
Jackson's grasp of humanity is spot on for a private investigator. Interspersing throughout the novel the voices of his various ex-es in his head was brilliant.
Can't wait to get into the next one...
Readers of the Jackson Brodie novels might also enjoy the Mike Bowditch series set in Maine from Paul Doiron- gritty and self-deprecating.