It’s winter in Goose Lick, and Shelby Wolfe is settling into her new home, along with her roommates, both living and dead. Chief Jebediah Carpenter doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move on, but when Lillian Harris, a local lawsuit-crazy woman, is stabbed to death with one of the café’s knives, Shelby is kind of glad Jeb is still around. Just hours before, the woman, Lil Harris, had stormed into the café and accused Shelby’s cousin, Red, of trying to poison her. During the ensuing argument, Red had a knife in his hand, the same knife that ended up being the murder weapon.
Since the murdered woman had sued nearly everyone in town and claimed to know things about people that they would want kept secret, almost everyone in Goose Lick had a motive for wanting to see Lillian dead. But thanks to the argument and the knife, the police zero in on Red. Shelby knows her cousin wouldn’t have killed anyone, but she’s convinced someone is trying to set him up. She vows to prove his innocence by finding the real killer, and she has Chief Jeb Carpenter to help her. After all, dead men don’t retire.