"Pickens, a lawyer and teacher with deep roots in the Carolinas, balances the dark and light aspects of the subgenre adeptly, and almost always manages to avoid corn and sentimentality."
"The world of Dacos, soaked in tart atmosphere, is well worth a visit." --Kirkus Reviews
"[An] assured debut, a cozy with some sharp edges...this strong start augurs well for future books in the series." -Publishers Weekly