I have read Ms Gruchy's full length crime novels and also her romantic novellas (as Linda M Priestly). I find the writing in both genres to be very good and this short story is no exception.
I'm not sure if I love or hate the "wafting seaweed" description, though.
I found myself feeling for the characters, especially for Gil trying to escape his family, but always being dragged back.
This is not one of my favourite of Linda's books, but is certainly a competent read.