From Library Journal
In the debut of this series (When Did We Lose Harriet?, LJ 9/1/97), lead character MacLaren Yarbrough did her detective work in Montgomery, AL. In this book, she returns to her small hometown of Hopewell, GA, and the book is much the better for the change. MacLaren is drawn into a murder investigation when the pastor of her church tells the police he had a dream that may hold clues to a killer's identity. Finding himself under suspicion, the pastor turns to MacLaren for help. With the help of a wonderfully portrayed Southern setting, MacLaren seems right at home in her tiny town and is much more believable than in the first book in the series. Light touches of humor and the charming interplay between MacLaren and her magistrate husband make this a fun read for mystery fans.
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From the Publisher
Meet MacLaren Crane Yarbourgh, a spunky Southern woman on the sunset end of sixty with a knack for getting tangled up in mystery and murder. This time, the quiet rural community of Hopewell, Georgia, is rocked by a grisly killing--the first murder in Hopewell in forty years. But was it really Pastor Luke Wallace who killed gentle young Amanda Kent? Or did the police miss four other likely suspects in their haste to pin the murder on Luke? In search of answers, amateur sleuth MacLaren Yarborough pieces together a grim puzzle--with her beloved husband, Joe, who is magistrate in Hopewell, as one of the pieces. When he ends up in the hospital, unconscious from a gunshot wound, a simple investigation becomes for MacLaren a life and death struggle to save the man she loves. But Why Shoot the Magistrate? is an engaging who done it--a skillful weaving of elusive clues and close calls, spiced with the unflagging faith, savvy wit, salty observations, and down-home wisdom of its feisty, golden-age heroine.