Hill loved Austen, and it shows in this mystery which draws quite a bit from Austen. It isn't just the use of quotes of her letters to start each chapter, but also in Hill's using a turn of sentence to open roads of meaning. Austen did that too.
The plot concerns a small town, and Hill makes good use of the beginning and ending chapters. The town is full of your standard country strange people with various issues. It is a fun little read.