I really enjoyed this book. When some authors write a holiday book, they drop the ball. But not this book. It kept me guessing until the end. You get to know Deborah's family a little bit better. It is a great series and I enjoyed this one as much as the first!
This review applies to the audio version.
In this latest Judge Deborah Knott and clan mystery, it's Christmas time once again and Deborah and Dwight are celebrating their first anniversary as well. A series of fatal car crashes involving young folks has set a bit of a pall over Colleton County's festivities, though, especially the most recent, involving Mallory Johnson, head cheerleader at West Colleton High.
By everyone's account, she's practically perfect, so when a small amount of alcohol is found in her blood, everyone is shocked, and her father insists that someone must have spiked her soda pop. Otherwise why would she have crashed on a straight stretch of road in good driving weather? And who would do such a thing? As the town mourns her loss, deeper investigation of course reveals that Mallory wasn't without her flaws, but it takes two more deaths for Dwight to connect the dots.
A very enjoyable visit to Colleton County, laced with big doses of family lore and Christmas tradition and history. Great story, and as always, the author tackles social issues along the way and gives you something to think about, although the mystery wasn't too much of a puzzle to figure out fairly well in advance. Wonderfully read by CJ Critt, as always.
I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the Judge Deborah Knott's mysteries. Reading them reminds me of summer afternoons sitting in a chair outside sipping sweet tea or lemonade. Characters have been developed throughout the novels, and picking up the latest is like visiting your favorite relatives who live far away, but who you like to see during short visits.
The first in the series is "Bootlegger's Daughter" and sets the stage for all the rest; however, each mystery can be read on its own. "Christmas Mourning" was an enjoyable quick read, and I'm almost sorry I got it from the library instead of buying it. It would give me great pleasure to pass it along to friends.