If you're not familiar with author Margaret Maron, you should be. Maron sets her mysteries in North Carolina. Her protagonist, Judge Deborah Knott, is the youngest of 12 and the only girl. In this installation there is murder, 2 to be exact, as those who want to cover the gorgeous Carolina countryside with McMansions fight with those who care about the environment and keeping the countryside from wholesale develpment. As usual, the many family connections play a big part in Maron's novel. This is the 13th in this series, so you might want to start with the first, Bootlegger's Daughter, to see the wonderful character development between Deborah and local Sheriff Dewight Bryant unfold.