This is one of my favorite series. An especially strong female lead character, Judge Deborah (don't call me Deb) Knott. She is the daughter of a former moonshiner, sister to 11 brothers and a local judge who finds herself in the thick of investigations, usually of the murderin' kind.
This one has Deborah's past coming up to bite her in the butt and she's none too happy about it. She is also none too pleased that developers continue to buy up the area for a variety of housing neighborhoods, slowly encroaching on her once peaceful life.
Murder comes along pretty quickly in the book, within the first 20 pages and the story moves fast.