Despite this acknowledgement, Graeme doesn't shake it up at all. There's a love story add-on, but otherwise the cliche stands as it always has. It's fine if you haven't read such a story in a while (it's still a fun premise, even if it has been overdone) and an additional selling point is the dialogue. Before reading in the notes at the end that it was probably set in Scotland, I'd been guessing Ireland. In any case, Graeme captures a lilt that feels genuine and was a real pleasure to read. And hey, I wasn't far off.