What a wonderful story! A little mystery, a little romance, a little danger, and just a whole lot of old-fashioned story telling, with good characters and a rich setting. It's told from the point of view of Mudus, who turns 17 at the beginning of the book on the same day that her mother is found dead. She fights with her father, is comforted by her best friend, blushes with new true love, plans for college, drives a new Mustang, and then, oh yes, solves the mystery of her mother's murder. The language is gorgeous and the tone is lush and laid-back, as it seems a tale set in Kentucky in the 1970s should be. But the setting is not idyllic -- difficulties with racial prejudice and violence as well as oppression of women are present.
All in all, just a great read. And they all live happily ever after. More or less.
I got a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.