POPPY DONE TO DEATH
This tightly written and gloriously twisted mystery takes place in a small southern town where Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is a librarian. When the sometime sleuth finds the body of her sister-in-law, Poppy, stabbed to death, there are plenty of suspects.
The mystery delights and confounds with each added layer. Harris' attention to detail and lively prose are thoroughly engaging. The subplots featuring Roe's brother and her boyfriend, Robin, are nicely incorporated into the main story.
Even Roe's moral judgments, which could be regarded as self-righteous, are in keeping with her character's personal history. And the terrible implications Poppy's murder brings to light are tempered by sweet and tender developments between Robin and Roe. (Aug., 240 pp., $22.95)