Kate Atkinson is a great storyteller. This was the first detective series I have ever read. Crime novels are usually not my thing, but these books are so well written and the charters are are so well formed, you can't help but get sucked in. I liked each book as much as the last. She has a gift for linking the characters together and I was not able to solve any of the mysteries before they unraveled - usually I see them coming a mile away, but I enjoyed the stories so much, I didn't bother trying to think ahead. I just enjoyed going along for the ride. Jackson Brodie is a perfect hero who I'm sure is loved by woman and admired by men. These books are fantastic and I highly recommend them.
Book 1 - Case Histories (click the book to find it on Amazon.com or below for UK)
Book 2 - One Good Turn
Book 3 - When Will There Be Good News
Book 4 - Started Early Took My Dog