The word pictures Margaret Maron paints of the people and places in the south are exceptionally detailed and put the reader right into the story.
This is the fifth in the series and finds Judge Knott in a different town where the furniture industry is holding "Market Week" where manufacturers, sales reps, buyers, advertisers and other interested parties gather for the introduction of new styles, new products and new relationships.
With the diverse characters and their convoluted relationships, one just knows that a murder is bound to happen, maybe more than one. The fact that Deborah is on hand when one is discovered, just makes it more interesting.
The characters are well developed, quirky, interesting and very believable. One can get so involved in the story that feelings of sympathy, anger, sadness and admiration for their actions easily creep into one's mind as the story progresses.