I picked up this book reluctantly, because I have always found mysteries to be stale and boring. But this book has a way of pulling you in that you never want to get back out. It starts out that this big family gets murdered, all but two, and they know that one of the brothers did it and committed suicide when he was done. The reluctant wife of the minister is sent to deal with the survivors. The story goes from there, hopping from one person's point of view to another's, with many different little side-stories inter-twining all into one big picture. The characters are beautifully and sadly drawn, and all of the different stories come together with such preciseness that the reader is amazed. A definite must read.