I've read all the McCone novels and short stories except for the new book just out. Of course, I wanted to read this short story. But it was really too short. I was reading along, with a good deal of interest, when it abruptly ended. I was left figuratively scratching my head. Sharon had made a deal for three months' free rent. She would find the identity of the skeleton and the reason for the murder. Well, in this story she does identify the skeleton. But then the story goes off on an entirely different tack that is only partially developed and ends so abruptly that I felt very unsatisfied.
Questions were raised that were left unanswered: Who killed the woman and why was she left in the compartment in the house? If the recently deceased owner of the house knew about the skeleton, why did she leave the body there? What was the reason the owner of the house changed her will shortly before her death?
Are these questions that were raised in the story to be answered in the new novel; if not, why were they raised?
McCone novels generally have well developed plots and characters and come to satisfying conclusions. This story left me hanging.