Fiddle Dee Death: Just a Little Murder
John F. Blair, Publisher
5 ½ x 8 ½
Published in 2003
Mystery among the moonlight and the magnolias.
OK, forget the magnolias. It’s the end of December, after all, and frost silvers South Carolina’s Low Country. But Pinckney Plantation is still open for visitors who want to see the pride of Indigo Island. The old house claims a long history—or so says the script the tour guides go by.
What the script leaves out are the doors that apparently unlock themselves, the flickering lights, the sound of ghostly footsteps. And the dead body.
The corpse is a new addition. Who is he? And what was he doing at Pinckney? And did he fall, or was he pushed?
These are among the questions that puzzle the self-appointed detective trio of cousins thrown together for the holidays. Revelations about ruthless developers, secretive landowners, and family scandals are interspersed with hilarious samples of Southern manners before the cousins finally piece together the puzzle.
“Tart as buttermilk, sweet as pecan pie, Fiddle Dee Death manages to make murder in the Low Country good old-fashioned fun.” —Mary Kay Andrews, author of Savannah Blues and Little Bitty Lies
“Fiddle Dee Death is a hilarious and entertaining murder mystery as Southern as honeysuckle and black-eyed peas.” —Fannie Flagg, author of Standing in the Rainbow
“In a wonderfully original mystery, three Low Country cousins confront ghosts, old bones, and modern chicanery. Sheer Delight!” —Carolyn Hart, author of Death on Demand and Henrie O mysteries
“Engaging characters, sprightly writing, delightful humor, a passel of ripping-good mysteries. I’m already itching to read the next one.” —Robert Inman, author of Captain Saturday
“A terrific crash course on the South. Caroline Cousins gets it all right, and her Dixie Chicks cousins are the most entertaining sleuths to come along in years.” —Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls
“While the magnolias may not be in bloom at the end of December in South Carolina's Low Country, a mystery involving ghosts, old bones and a dead body blossoms on the island of Indigo in Cousins's witty cozy debut. The second day after Christmas, Margaret Ann Matthews (aka ‘Mam’) and her cousin Lindsey Fox go to Pinckney Plantation, built in 1840 and the pride of the island, to watch Mam's 16-year-old daughter Cissy, dressed in a historic costume of Pinckney purple made by Mam from material purchased at Wal-Mart, give a tour to the state historical society. When Mam and Lindsey are locking up after everyone has left, they discover a body at the bottom of the stairs. Once Mam's sister, Bonnie, arrives for a visit, the three begin to investigate, even before they decide whether green is appropriate to wear to a funeral. As the year draws to a close, the sleuths unearth the plots and schemes of some of Indigo's prominent citizens, a few family secrets and Lindsey's old boyfriend. While some readers may find the murder plot overly familiar, the humorous banter among the three cousins, the quaint island locale and a surprise ending lift this light-hearted romp.” —Publisher’s Weekly