Last Lessons of Summer Author:Margaret Maron Amy Steadman is the young heiress of a prosperous children's book publishing franchise in New York. After her grandmother is murdered, apparently in a botched robbery, Amy goes to North Carolina to clean out the family home. But as she sorts through dusty files and boxes, she is haunted by the memory of her mother's suicide, which appare... more »ntly happened here when Amy was only three.« less
This is more of a character study than a real mystery, but I for one didn't fully anticipate all the twists and turns. It kept me up most of the night because I found the characters and their development compelling and credible. What really made this story was the complexity of the characters and relationships, especially Amy's slow realization of exactly who her grandparents really were. The way various characters changed and grew was believable. I have read all of Maron's novels and this is a worthy addition.
Not up to the standard this author set in her long-running series featuring Judge Knott. New characters and relationships were developed, but the ending was not credible and thus unsatisfying. The "wrong" character was left in NC for a possible future series. I hoped for more.
It starts with a death of an old woman. Her granddaughter comes to go through her things and has questions not only about this death, but also that of her mothers. A little slow at first, but then it picks up.Another interesting read by this author.This is a non series book.