Full review to follow later, tomorrow maybe.
Spoiler -- Nothing happens to the dog.
I'm using this dreadful book for Cozy Mystery. Except for the five-year interval between the main events and the resolution, all the action takes place at the remote Roshven estate and involves a small cast of just six characters.
There are no ghosts or anything else gothicky at all, other than the setting.
None of the characters were very likable or noble. All of them except Rachel were sleazy to one degree or another. Rachel herself was a monumental wimp.
The writing is fine, and the plot is actually quite tight and intriguing, but the characters are just awful people.