When you start reading something by Geoff West you know it will be intelligently written and well edited with some clever turns of phrase, with no sentences that make you think 'ouch!' - and that's always a good starting point.
The first few in this collection are ghost stories, followed by crime/mystery and finishing up with a few of a lighter type. I thought the crime/mystery ones were the most well put together, and by far the best is Leaving It All Behind, which I thought could have been very nicely developed into at least novelette length. The author is very good at creating atmosphere, so much that I actually wanted to be holed up in that little country pub during the snow storm.... his characters are very clearly defined, sometimes in an almost pantomime-like way, but this is all in keeping with the whole Jack Lockwood scenario of not too serious crime solving in an idyllic part of England that comes straight from a BBC Sunday evening drama.