High Country Fall
Life changes aren't easy. Judge Deborah Knott is preparing for a big change. But she's not certain she is ready. She's unsettled and nervous. So when she is offered a chance to replace a judge who is on vacation for a week, she eagerly takes it. She heads west to the mountains in the height of the autumn colors.
She reads the local newspaper when she arrives. The local doctor had been murdered when he was pushed off his balcony down the mountain side. On Monday she finds the alleged murderer in her courtroom. It is the hearing to see if there is enough evidence to bind him over to trial. She determines there is enough evidence. She, personally, has her doubts.
Deborah is staying at her cousin's condo. Her cousin's twin daughters are also staying there while they are in college. Something isn't right, though. They leave early in the morning and don't get back until midnight. They stay at the condo all the time rather than in their dorm. The young man accused of killing the doctor is a friend of theirs.
When another man, the doctor's old friend, is also pushed off another balcony, there is a lot of finger pointing. The man had died in the middle of a party that Deborah attended. The young man accused in the first murder isn't there. But a collection of the rich society of the area were there. Did someone from that group kill both men?
Once again Margaret Maron has taken an interesting mystery, turned it into a cozy read, and advanced Deborah's personal life. Once again I put it down with a satisfied sigh. This can be read on its own by someone who has just discovered the series. For the best grasp of Deborah's life, the series should be read in order. This is an easy, quick read, and one I recommend.
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