Too many authors, too little time! I love coming back to an author I had forgotten about--I get to buy a bunch of books at the same time and enjoy them right away. This was the third Richard Jury novel I consumed within a week or so, and Martha Grimes does not disappoint. I will say that the humor she usually intersperses was not quite as prevalent here, but given the subject matter, that's not surprising.
I was well aware of the Premarin horror and very glad to see a novel that delves into it, explaining how cruel the drug is to horses and how completely unnecessary it is given the numerous other options available to us women. Perhaps the book will enlighten more women, causing them to seek out those options.
Given that, this is the saddest Jury novel I can remember. I won't spoil it for you, but don't get too attached to the characters here, at least not the ones specific to this novel only. As usual, this has great character development and an interesting story. Because the previous novel ended abruptly--as Grimes seems wont to do--I was happy to see a bit more about some of the characters from it. Go ahead, read The Grave Maurice; you'll like it as much as the others...just don't look for a happy ending.