I didn't like this novel. Too much chit chat among the characters that goes on for pages. Too many characters, all of whom live in the same community, and apparently are related by being either immediate family members, ex-s, cousins, nieces/nephews, uncles, aunts, grandparents - and, oh yes, just friends. A family tree would be of help to keep the names and relationships straight as it is these relationships that will give motives for the murder. The construction of the story is such that it starts with an interesting beginning - a most unusual murder. But that is really the middle of the story. The start of the story is about half way through and, then, slowly winds down to conclude the murder mystery as motives for the murder are revealed. The plot is about the secrets that all of these characters have, but each of these secrets had been ferreted out by an elderly woman in the town who had the reputation of being kindly, but wasn't. When she is murdered, the question arises, "Who did it?". I don't think I'll read another of this author's books based on the style of writing evident in this book.