Originally published in hardcover by Grand Central Publishing, 2010.
It's Christmas in rural North Carolina's Colleton County. Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant and his wife, Judge Deborah Knott, have propped his traditional pine tree in the living room. Christmas lights have been hung. Aunt Zell's famous fruitcake has arrived. Deborah can't wait to celebrate with Dwight, her stepson Cal, and all of her colorful relatives.
Then a tragic car wreck casts a dark cloud over the revelry. A beautiful young cheerleader dies in the crash and her community is devastated. But Dwight soon learns that the girl's death wasn't a simple accident. And more lives may be lost before Christmas Eve unless Deborah and Dwight find the killer—or killers.
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Critical Praise for Christmas Mourning
"The best of the holiday mystery crop is also, despite some tragic subject matter, the cheeriest, thanks to the huge extended family of North Carolina's Judge Deborah Knott." (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
"[Maron] plots like a modern-day Christie, but the North Carolina charm is all her own." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Another winning entry and a fine holiday mystery." (Booklist)
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