A small college town newspaper holds a poetry contest. The first week's winner is a sonnet. Turns out the poem is the clue to a murder victim. Subsequent poems arrive at the paper entirely too fast. Folks in this Georgia town aren't ready for a serial murderer. A young English professor at the college has recently published a volume of—sonnets. Is he an expert in deciphering the clues or a suspect? Brown leads his reader on a gruesome chase that twists, turns, and cleverly misleads.
This first mystery is a real page-turner. I've recommended it every time I've spoken to a group.