I gave up after chapter 2. It had been a while since I'd read one of her books - couldn't finish the last one either. Thought that she - through her protagonist - was rather self-absorbed. Didn't know if it was me misinterpreting the author, so I waited some time (a couple of years) before picking up Port Mortuary. Judging by some of the comments of her books here, it doesn't appear I was wrong. "Narcissistic" seems to be the best word to describe the main character. A reflection of the author's character?