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Last Lessons of Summer | [Margaret Maron]

Last Lessons of Summer

Amy Stedman arrives in North Carolina to clear the family house of her grandmother's belongings and find clues to her unsolved murder. While she's there, Amy reflects on her own life. Married to a vain man who doesn't love her so much as value her family's lucrative legacy, Amy realizes their relationship strangely echoes her parents' unfortunate marriage. Within this old house, dark recollections of unnatural death permeate the air, adding a premonition of menace to Amy's increasingly troubled thoughts.
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Publisher's Summary

Margaret Maron is The New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Deborah Knott series of southern mysteries. In a rare departure from the Knott series, Maron ratchets up the suspense in the dark and captivating stand-alone mystery, Last Lessons of Summer. Amy Stedman is the young heiress of a prosperous children's book publishing company. She arrives in North Carolina from New York City to clear the family house of her grandmother's belongings and hopefully find clues to her murder, which remains unsolved. While cleaning and rummaging through the woman's dusty possessions, Amy reflects on her own unfulfilling life. Married to a vain man who doesn't love her so much as value her family's lucrative legacy, Amy realizes that their relationship strangely echoes her parents' unfortunate marriage. Soon after giving birth to her, Amy's mother Maxine committed suicide under suspicious circumstances. Amy's father, a brash businessman and unapologetic opportunist, fostered deceit and deeply seated feelings of doubt in the family. Within the walls of this old house, dark recollections of unnatural death are beginning to permeate the air, adding a premonition of menace to Amy's increasingly troubled thoughts. Was Maxine's death really a suicide? And if it wasn't, what terrible secrets may be lying in wait for Amy?

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    Kathy Goldsboro, NC, USA 05-29-04
    Kathy Goldsboro, NC, USA 05-29-04 Member Since 2003
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    "ok-worth listening, but not the best"

    I enjoy some of her earlier books better, but this book was worth reading (listening to). My only real objection is with the reader- she repeatedly mispronounced the town of Beaufort, NC. In N.C., it is pronounced "Bo-fort". Seems as if the reader would at least attempt to ascertain the correct pronunciations. Characters, as usual, were pretty well-developed. I miss "Judge Deborah", though!

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    Hannah Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 05-03-04
    Hannah Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 05-03-04 Member Since 2003

    I have been a consistent, possibly obsessed audiobook listener since 2003. My listening ranges from suspenseful mysteries to science and technology, but I return again and again to the unexpected depth and breadth of books which fall into the "Mysteries and Thrillers" category.

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    A satisfying book with an appealing small town flavor. I stayed interested even though the main character is a little weak and irritatingly "nice." She is balanced, however, by stronger supporting characters.

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