Down south, the holidays mean family -- and for Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair, family means the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle. It may not be a white Christmas, but it's one she'll never forget -- no matter how hard she tries.
Instead of spending a nice, relaxing Christmas with her fiance, Tori Sinclair has been drafted into Sweet Briar's holiday decorating committee. And the season has brought sad tidings as well: Charlotte Devereaux, a sewing circle founding member who unraveled after her storybook marriage fell apart, has passed away.
Charlotte's last days were foggy, distressed, and feverish . . . except for the sketches she produced. One detail in particular jumps out at Tori and leads to a shocking revelation: Charlotte's husband didn't leave her -- he was murdered! And as she gets closer to the truth, Tori will discover that just about everyone in town has got notches on the naughty list this year.