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Last Lessons of Summer
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 »
ISBN-13: 9780892967803
ISBN-10: 0892967803
Publication Date: 9/2003
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Reviewer: Kathleen Waits (Tulsa, OK)

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.
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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.
Highly recommended.
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This is NOT Deborah Knott (no pun intended) but it is Margaret Maron, who writes complex characters in intriguing situations. The atmosphere of the South-- North Carolina--is richly drawn.
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Amy Steadman (Primary Character)
Frances Barbour (Major Character)
Beth (Amy's sister) (Major Character)
Aunt Martha (Major Character)
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