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Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
It’s great to be back in Colleton County, North Carolina, with the Knott family.
Miss Rachel, in no pain and expected to pass over soon, is visited by flocks of family members, eager to see her one last time. She’s resting quietly, until she perks up and starts talking a blue streak. Some of what she says is unintelligible, unless you know what she’s referring to. Finally, exhausted, she stops talking and the family goes to get some supper while the aide freshens up the sheets.
Very soon after that, Aunt Rachel is dead, but not of natural causes. Someone smothered her with a pillow.
It’s up to The Honorable Deborah Knott to sort through her tangled family and the other assorted people who were at Rachel’s bedside when she was rattling on about old scandals, to see which one of them felt compelling to stop Rachel from talking. She talks with all of them, dredging up more than one old secret. She and her husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, look into Rachel’s minister, her neighboring doctor, and others. She eventually finds out about the Designated Daughters, women who care for the elderly, sometimes even when they aren’t family members. Rachel’s daughter was one of these. Deborah knows it’s one of Rachel’s final words that brought about her death, but which one?
Great puzzler with the usual crowded cast of family members. Don’t worry, a family tree is provided.
Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Death in the Time of Ice for Suspense Magazine