Olivia Limoges was a neglected, unhappy child in Oyster Bay, NC. Now she's a wealthy businesswoman who owns a lot of the town, but she's deliberately cut herself off from others. This starts to change when she joins a local writers' group. When one of their members is killed, she determines to track down the killer. The new man in town--there to open a bookstore--is obviously attracted, but so is the sensitive chief of police, who remembers Olivia's sad childhood. It took quite a while for the character of Olivia to grow on me, but she did, enough at least to make me willing to read the next in this series.