I found The Janus Stone to be a more satisfying mystery novel than the first in the series. It was fascinating to read about ancient gods and ritual practices ... not to mention this book included an escalating series of dangerous pranks meant to scare Ruth to death. (Ruth is braver than I am!! And feistier!) I was very happy to see Ruth's weight mentioned less often this time around. Threading through the storyline are a series of characters I've come to care about: The quirky Cathbad, Shona (with her love affair woes), DS Judy, and the brilliant DCI Nelson.