Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriffs Deputy Dwight Bryant have been married for a year but have yet to take honeymoon. His sister-in-law has offered them her apartment in New York while her tenant is away in Europe. Part of the rental agreement was that she could use the apartment when he was away and she has given a week to Dwight and Deborah as a Christmas present. They have also been asked to deliver a package to a friends daughter who lives in New York.
They arrive in New York and after a series of phone calls learn that the friends daughter is out of the country, but her granddaughter, Sigrid Harald, a lieutenant for the NYPD, will pick up the package. But when she arrives the package is missing and the building superintendent is dead. Deborah and Dwight just cant stand by and not get involved in the investigation. They team up with the lieutenant to catch a killer.
If the name Sigrid Harald looks familiar to fans of this author it is because she is the main character in Margaret Marons other series. In this book the series collide to solve this murder in the Big Apple. It was nice to see Sigrid back in action and the hint that she may be visiting Colleton County in the future.
After the last book in this series it was nice to have change of setting. Colleton County had enough drama and it was nice to have a little break. But the author adds a little mystery to remind us of the Deborah and Dwights North Carolina home.
Maron is an excellent storyteller and masterfully plotted a story featuring both her star characters together into this book. The New York characters were quite a change but the one that had be laughing out loud was Luna DiSimone, thinking everyone from the south had to be related, her apartment was quite interesting and the dialogues were priceless.
An array of plot twists keeps the reader on their toes and this reader was very surprised at the end.
As a fan of both series I loved this book. I think it could also be read as a stand alone, but once you get a taste of this wonderful series you will want to read them all.