As the updates mention, this was a comforting read, taken 15 pages at a time when locals were acting like impetuous peasants. I could return to the story indifferently many days later. The plot twists really were inventive without being especially challenging.
There were approximately 5 truly hilarious lines, but this book was FAR too long. Mr. Holt has written an immense number of books. He is a professional writer. I hope his other books aren't just catalogues of monotonous revelations, leading up to sad trombone conclusions, as invented(?) with such innovation by Douglas Adams. Unlike Adams, he tidies up the built-up deflate by then describing everything that just happened as other characters become involved, more discovery, trombones, etc.
It's also very British, including a few completely impenetrable references.
To save time, paraphrases of 3 of my favourite lines:
"A process so broken, it was hard to believe Microsoft wasn't involved somehow."
"Having covered the weather, public transportation, and George Bush, they ran out of safe topic to talk about."
"He thought it was better for them to have it out and then talk to the survivors."