By Margaret Maron
Whilst Jake Honeycutt died in a looking twist of fate, his spouse, Kate, was hoping that relocating to his kinfolk farm in Colleton County, North Carolina may support heal her grief and supply a house for his or her unborn baby. during this close-knit Southern neighborhood, Kate will realize that she remains to be greatly a Yankee outsider--and that Jake's loss of life was once no coincidence.
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Recognition turned the smile into a genuine grin. ” he said, passing over his shotgun so he could climb through the barbed wire fence unencumbered. ” The blast of his shotgun took him squarely in the chest. There was no time to feel fear or betrayal or even simple surprise. One minute, Jake Honeycutt was pushing apart the strands of fence wire; the next moment, he lay tangled in the barbs, torn open, his bright blood spilling across brown pine needles into the sandy soil beneath. Gloved hands dropped the shotgun beside his body and soon there was only the raucous scream of blue jays and the puzzled whine of the dogs to break the morning’s new silence.
That’s me,” said the burly detective. ” Kate had never met Calvin Bryant. He’d been killed when his tractor overturned on him years ago while all his children were very young; but having seen Nancy Faye and now Dwight, Kate began to form an idea of Miss Emily’s dead husband. Dwight was two years older than Rob, two or three inches taller, and at least thirty pounds heavier with wide shoulders, thick brown hair, and brown eyes. Where Rob seemed to have a reined-in intensity, Dwight appeared easygoing and uncomplicated.
Now, feeling a bit like the Ancient Mariner, she told it once more to Bessie and found that each retelling made the horror recede a bit further. Bessie hung on every detail. “You see? You’re every bit as curious as me,” Miss Emily said, complacently buttering a third biscuit. ” Miss Emily pounced. ” Four pairs of eyes regarded the fragrant evidence cooling on the counter. Bessie tried to bluster it through. ” Remembering those homey gifts, Kate was embarrassed to feel tears sting her eyes. If they were down for just the weekend, she and Jake usually finished off Bessie’s pie on the long drive back to New York, a thermos of hot coffee and Kate holding a slice up for him to bite as they drove through the night together.