Hooray! A mystery where the female protagonist is actually a policewoman herself, rather than the typical nosy gal without a grain of sense who relies on her policeman boyfriend to rescue her when she gets in over her head. (And it's a good thing Trudy doesn't need rescuing, since her boyfriend is inclined to stand around making jokes about creepy-crawlies while she investigates the crawl space under a house.) Lots of suspects, lots of small-town Southern atmosphere, and pretty much free of typos, although I did notice one editing lapse. A pleasant read.