This was a great mystery set in rural North Carolina. The main story line in the book revolves around the Norden family and thier pottery. Judge Deborah Knott is sent to Seagrove, North Carolina, to preside over the final property division to finalize the divorce between James Lucas Norden and his soon-to-be-exwife Sandra Kay Norden. But when James Lucas is found gruesomely murdered at the Norden family pottery, Judge Knott finds herself embroiled in the Norden family's drama.
In addition to the well-told mystery, the author weaves in a lot of information about the craft of making pottery.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all of Margaret Maron's books, particularly the Judge Deborah Knott series of which this is a part. In this case, Judge Knott travels to the real North Carolina pottery-making community of Seagrove. Her job is to oversee the equitable distribution of marital property. The marriage of two successful potters has come to a bitter end after 25 years. Murder ensues. BTW, some of the minor characters are actual well-known NC potters. Each chapter starts with a quote from one a several books on Seagrove pottery. Besides providing an excellent mystery read, I felt like I learned a lot about pottery. In fact, this book inspired me to start collecting NC pottery. In particular, it inspired the selection of the first piece in my collection: a Chinese Red Egg Vase made by Ben Owen III. Enjoy!