MacLaren Yarbrough has her plate full—she's the county
magistrate, co-owner of the local plant nursery, and has a
lively extended family. But amateur sleuthing may be her
Years ago, a dark cloud moved over the small town of
Hopemore, Georgia, upon the murder of a little girl. As a
result, one man was sent to prison for life—and two young
boys were changed forever. Eventually, the skies cleared—
and although the tragedy left its mark, the folks in
Hopemore settled back into their routines. But that dark
cloud seems to have returned with the suicide of one of the
town's most beloved citizens—a favorite chemistry teacher
and dedicated softball coach at the high school...
MacLaren Yarbrough doesn't doubt the reasons the police
give for the suicide, but she thinks someone drove DeWayne
to it, and in this cozy southern town, where "crime"
usually involves nothing more than late library books, the
darkness may be lurking in places where even sharp-eyed
MacLaren would never think to look...
Southern Wisdom from MacLaren Yarbrough:
My mama used to say, "To keep the family peace, no woman
worth her salt lets her menfolk know half of what she is
doing or a quarter of what she can do."