I just finished this marvelous murder mystery by Carolyn Hart. It 's the first book of hers I've read, but it will not be the last! What an awesome book! I love the style and form of this tale! Each chapter begins with part of a letter addressed to "Dear Gretchen". Next is a section in first person telling of G G Gilmore's return home for a visit to the cemetery with the author of the letter. The balance of each chapter is told in the 3rd person..the tale of young Gretchen the summer she worked for the Gazette, local newspaper, as a writer (and was given her professional name--G G Gilmore--by the editor of the paper)--and the summer her friend Barb's Mother was murdered and Barb's Father was accused of the horrible crime.
I wanted to race through this book to see what would happen next...and I wanted to stroll though it to catch all the fascinating word portraits. The words made me feel like I was THERE...seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching everything. It's winter here now and snow covers the ground, but I felt the heat and humidity of the Oklahoma summer as I got lost in this marvelous mystery.
The last chapter takes place 50-some years after the summer of 1944...and is a total surprise: tying up all loose ends in the happenings of that hot, humid summer of murder that wasn't really solved .. at least wasn't revealed...until all these years later.