The series involves Simon Serrallier, a detective in Laffterton police force. Laffterton sounds a bit like Midsomer or St Mary Mead - one of those small, genteel communities where a surprising number of murders happen.
Anyway, despite this being about characters I was unfamiliar with, I managed to get into the story very quickly. The action opens on the Gay Pride march, which is all going swimmingly well, until a hate group called The Bulldogs attack. Serrallier has to try and find the perpetrators while getting involved in the security detail for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan.
This was a pretty good intro to the characters and setting and I think I'd be interested in reading the rest of the series. I've read some of Susan Hill's work before (The Woman In Black, The Man In The Picture) and I'd not really got on with them, so I think maybe I'm more suited to her crime books.