I believe this is Harris' first published mystery; it was originally published in 1981 and re-released in 2007. It's a very light, fun read. You can see elements of Aurora, Sookie, and Lily in the main character.
Harris's first novel about a young woman who believes her parents death was not a simple car accident. As events continue to unfurl in her small Mississippi town she tries to piece together the connection between a current murder and her parent's deaths.
Absolutely devoured this in an afternoon! Being from the South, I understood all the nuances of small-town Southern living. I was thrown for a bit by how dated some of the attitudes really were in the story until I looked at the copyright date and realized it was written over 25 years ago (I think this may be Ms. Harris' first book?)
Now I know I will be hunting her series novels!
I believe this is one of Charlaines best books, the writing, and the style are very comfortable! And the ending, WOW, didnt expect that!
There were a couple of spots in it, where I felt like I was watching the dumb blonde in a horror movie and Im going *idiot dont go thru that door!* But alas that is the way alot of people assume us women are like! HA
Excellent 1st effort - well worth republishing 26 years after the fact!