DECKED IN THE HALLS
As one of Wilmington's most enthusiastic historical preservationists, Ashley Wilkes is thrilled when her Victorian home makes the annual Candlelight Tour. Unfortunately, the glowing romantic perfection of her old Southern gem is spoiled by the dead body sprawled next to the fireplace.
The case appears cut-and-dried. The weapon was in the hands of Ashley's friend and father figure, Professor Binkie Higgins. Besides, everybody knows how much Binkie hated the victim--an enmity dating back to a deeper mystery, the Atlantic Coast Line's forty-year-old payroll robbery. But what begins as an effort to clear Binkie's name becomes a dangerous excavation of old motives and newer bodies, each falling close to home. Close enough to tell Ashley that digging up dirt is a surefire way to get one foot--or more--in a grave.