Rituals of the Season::Margaret Maron::CJ Critt

CJ Critt’s sweet, well enunciated, sing song voice turns even a murder mystery into a fairy tale. Once upon a time, Judge Knott (pronounced Judge not!) found a book of manners, probably given to newly engaged 19th century women preparing for wedding, marriage and domestic life.
Each chapter begins with a maxim or rule of etiquette, which sets up the story content. Manners, social customs, rituals, ceremonies, are something a bride needs to know before she becomes a member of the married class. They structure and organize her life, and yet they are not the same as law. It is interesting to discover such mores alongside the local law, interpreted and applied by Judge Knott as she prepares for her own 21st century wedding.

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