I quite liked this book. With the given title, and all the descriptions of spooky and horror I actually expected more of a Gothic horror story than this mild mystery story set in an old British manor.
Of course, the twist is that the narrator is comatose, and is relating events both from memory and from his wheel chair, where no one other than his daughter believes that he is still "in there".
While I could not relate to the proper English household, and the difficulties of hiring a butler, Mr. McGrath's beautiful descriptions of the landscape and the local environs balanced the story nicely.
Perhaps it is age-related, but I found this to be a sad, thought-provoking novel that was a quick read, and ultimately quite satisfying.