Last Lessons of Summer Author:Margaret Maron Her grandmother was killed in the very same house where her mother committed suicide. Now, in the suffocating heat of a Southern August, Amy Steadman, heir to a merchandising and publishing empire, returns to the old family homestead to clear out her grandmother's things...and perhaps find some answers. — Frightened by parallels between her p... more »arents' stormy relationship and her own troubled marriage, Amy desperately needs to connect the dots between her life and the dark heritage that shaped her. Yet the more she learns, the closer she comes to a murderous force that may be part of her own family--and one that will not hesitate to lie, deceive, or kill...« 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.
Imagine a mix of NYC and rural North Carolina. Three murders. A disfunctinal family. Love. Money. A satisfying conclusion.
I loved the characters, the rambling old family home in which so much has happened. I've never read this author before but I certainly will look for other novels by her.