The mysteries in these short stories set amongst the Marches are significantly cheerier than the ones in the main series of novels, which is a nice change of pace for the series. This one was almost non-existent, and served to add a little spice to what would otherwise have been a very fluffy wedding story and might even have managed saccharine, or at least it might have had it starred different characters. Nicholas Brisbane is admittedly unlikely to manage "saccharine" even when (finally!) marrying his beloved Julia.
It was strange to have this falling in between the novels the way it did, but I liked it.