When Judge Deborah Knott is summoned to her ailing Aunt Rachel's bedside, she assumes the worst. But Rachel hasn't passed; in fact, the dying woman is awake. Surrounded by her family and what seems like half of the county, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of silence with snippets of seemingly random stories. But the Knott family's joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hour later, Rachel is found dead, smothered with a pillow. Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, investigate they cross paths with an unlikely set of suspects. And the key to solving this case is hidden in Rachel's mysterious final words.
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by Margaret Maron
"Maron is not only an excellent mystery writer but also an excellent narrator. Her slight Southern drawl perfectly presents the list of suspects in this mystery. Judge Deborah Knott's Aunt Rachel is found smothered in her hospital bed. As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, investigate the many folks who visited Rachel that day, Maron portrays Rachel's longtime minister, neighbors, the local doctor, and the "designated daughters" with aplomb. Dwight's ever present common sense keeps Deborah from jumping to conclusions. Maron's folksy narration adds atmosphere and warmth to this carefully plotted mystery. Intriguing characters and thought-provoking scenarios result in an outstanding production. Maron's narrating voice shines as brightly as her literary one. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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