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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 26 March 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – DYING ON EDISTO by C. HOPE CLARK

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – DYING ON EDISTO by C. HOPE CLARK

                                                                             

THE BLURB:

One death. Two detectives. And unexpected backup.
A Callie Morgan and Carolina Slade crossover! (A standalone mystery)

When a renowned—and now dead—travel blogger washes ashore on the banks of Indigo Plantation, Police Chief Callie Morgan of Edisto Beach agrees to head the investigation as a favor to the county sheriff, whose reasons are as questionable as the death itself.

When death turns to murder and a watchdog from the county makes her investigation difficult, Callie reluctantly turns to Carolina Slade and Wayne Largo, vacationing agents with the Department of Agriculture. Because poison is growing on this plantation, and someone knows how to use it well.

 

THE AUTHOR:

Hope Clark is founder of FundsforWriters.com , a writer’s resource awarded 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest Magazine each year for over a decade. Her weekly publications reach 40,000 readers. She works from her study overlooking Lake Murray in beautiful central South Carolina.

Hope comes alive at conferences across the country, from Mississippi to Oklahoma, from Pennsylvania to Florida, South Carolina to Iowa. She motivates and educates writers to step up, take charge, and create their careers. Her latest FFW release often discussed at conferences is The Shy Writer Reborn: An Introverted Writer’s Wake-up Call.

Hope, however, is most excited in her mystery fiction. She’s the author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series, published by Bell Bridge Books, Memphis, TN. With an agriculture degree from Clemson University and a two-decade history of working with US Dept of Agriculture, Hope can walk the walk of protagonist Carolina Slade who reviewers are falling in love with per the long list of five-star reviews at Amazon.

However, Hope branched out with The Edisto Island Mysteries in 2014 with Murder on Edisto, Edisto Jinx in 2015, and Echoes of Edisto in summer 2016. Her writing voice now well seasoned, she dives into a coastal world with Callie Jean Morgan, who finds that the beach isn’t all that relaxing. The series is set on Edisto Beach, South Carolina, Hope’s second home.

 

MY REVIEW:

I am now officially a fan of Chief Callie Morgan and Carolina Slade, and will be reading as many of Ms. Clark’s books as I can.

As an author, I enjoyed the merging of two different series. As a reader, I enjoyed the two main characters getting acquainted. How they both sized the other up—and had definite opinions on the other one.

 

The story was edgy and delicious, and Ms. Clark certainly kept this reader turning pages. I wilted in the humidity that steamed off the pages. While not actually Edisto, I live in the state and have been to the coast, and Ms. Clark’s story brought it all vividly to life.

I wanted to throttle a certain Charleston detective for his Neanderthal mentality. Or seeming Neanderthal mentality. I didn’t trust “Sweet,” though I didn’t truly suspect him of murder. Security Guard Marion seemed worthless in his position, and the pirate, Drummond, was as annoying as the gnats on the beach.

 

So many suspected, each of them with legitimate motive for doing the guy in. And only Chief Morgan was true to the case, even in the face of blatant opposition. Her courage and integrity was not only admirable, but authentic, and I was glad to see her and Slade finally come to terms and work together to solve the case.

 

One tiny clue tipped this reader to the murderer—but even so, too many people had reason to want the guy gone, and I had to read to the end to see who actually did the deed.

 

NOTE: To my readers who are off put by cuss words, there is some vulgar language in this book.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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