from the back of the book:
Violent storms often hit Colleton County, North Carolina, but when a local attorney's promiscuous wife is killed, the murder blows the lids off more homes than last year's hurricane. As the victim's numerous lovers-including a handsome cousin of Judge Deborah Knott-scurry for cover stories, the judge begins her own investigation. What she finds is a tangled web of extramarital affairs and secrets linking half the county ... while a massive hurricane rages up the Carolina coast, and a very real human killer prepares to strike again.
At the end I had more questions about the crime than answers. We are told who-dunnit, but there are lots of loose ends.