You have to love Deborah Knott, the lead character in this wonderful series by Margaret Maron. She is as believable as your best friend or neighbor, she struggles with decisions and insecurities just like us, and she is SOUTHERN!! Her family members are like mine, even down to the ex-bootlegging part. Granted that was several generations ago for me but all most everyone who grew up in the South knew someone who made their own moonshine or could get you some. You pull for Deborah to succeed in her career and find her soulmate. She is smart but vulnerable.
The family scenes sets us up for more family drama in later books in this series. The female characters along with Deborah are strong but still Southern in upbringing. This regional is gentle but strong at the same time. We like our mysteries and our crazy relatives. You get plenty in this series. You will know why Margaret Maron won multiple awards for this book and you will gain a new friend that you will want to visit again and again. That's a good thing since there are 18 books full of Deborah Knott!