If there's one thing mystery novelist Maggie Dufrane
knows, it's this: Laughter through tears is the Southern
way. At least that's what her spitfire mama, aka the
Mississippi queen of drama, says. But now the indomitable
matriarch is ailing. And reliable Maggie-the-family-
chauffeur is moving back in to fix things...again.
Then Maggie's life takes another sharp turn. Her older
sister, Jean, drops a shocker, screeching (as
always), "What are we going to do?" Jean is terrified.
Maggie is exasperated. And Mama's convinced it's the best
gossip she's heard all year. But can Maggie tear a page
from Mama's book of living large, step back and let her
family tackle their own problems for once?