In her tiny adopted town of Hickory Bend, Missouri, retired educator and grieving widow, Caroline Hudson, is more than just curious. In fact, her Ozark neighbors consider her downright meddlesome. After retiring to the seemingly quiet, law-abiding community in the scenic hills and hollows of southern Missouri, she uncovers murder and mayhem that residents would prefer stayed buried under generations of time—secrets that an inquisitive woman like Caroline just can’t let be. In the dusty attic of historic Hunter’s mill, Caroline finds a long-abandoned safe that contains documents revealing family secrets of prejudice and pride that led to murder. The discovery launches a cover-up as shocking and foolhardy as the original crime. Battling a stealthy stalker, deadly rattlesnakes, poisonous mushrooms, and a clever killer, Caroline sets out to right an ancient wrong. It’s a scenario that Caroline can’t resist—and one that threatens to end her sleuthing forever.