Wow, one of the other reviewers commented on the continually dreary weather that seems to form a background for this series of mysteries, and I can certainly see what she meant in this particular case. The novel starts with a gruesome murder, then a disappearance, and finally another even more gruesome murder. All of the victims are dreary individuals, as are most of their acquaintances and their families and their few friends. This is perhaps ironically appropriate, as most of the detectives investigating the situation are dreary folks as well, suffering from fatigue, but certainly not from overexertion, their busy investigations are continually interrupted by frequent breaks for coffee, for snacks, for drinks mooched from the dreary people they interview, and for meals. As a result, the investigation proceeds at a dreary pace. Finally the story comes to a dreary end. In summary, a dreary experience overall, although the remarks of the participants are often darkly humorous.