This is the first novel in the Monona Quinn Mystery series. Monona and her husband have moved from Chicago to a small town, where Monona is the editor of the local weekly paper. When Charlie, who runs the local diner dies it is given out that he had been drinking, and had fallen down the stairs. But Monona seems to think he was murdered, and so do others. But who would want to kill Charlie? After all everyone loved Charlie.
Digging up the past of Charlie's life Monona finds out things that have been buried by others, and when someone is arrested for Charlie's death, have the police got it right? Although quite an enjoyable quick read it isn't difficult to work out why Charlie would have been murdered, and it is only a moment after that you have worked out who did it, but this is a nice relatively quick read that gives you a chance to escape the humdrum of life, and think about the secrets that are held in small communities.