Melissa M. Garcia is the author of the Los Angeles crime series featuring Luc Actar (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger and Next of Kin). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair. She lives with her husband in Southern California. For more information visit www.melissamgarcia.com.
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.