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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 3 August 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – ECHOES OF EDISTO by C. HOPE CLARK

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – ECHOES OF EDISTO by C. HOPE CLARK

 

 

THE BLURB

Murder came in with the tide . . .

Edisto Island is a paradise where people escape from the mainstream world. Yet for newly sworn-in Edisto Police Chief Callie Jean Morgan, the trouble has just begun . . .

When a rookie officer drowns in a freak crash in the marsh, Callie’s instincts tell her it wasn’t an accident. As suspects and clues mount, Callie’s outlandish mother complicates the investigation, and Callie’s long-time friendship with Officer Mike Seabrook takes a turn toward something new–but is shadowed by the unsolved mystery of his wife’s death. Everyone’s past rises to the surface, entangling with death that cuts to the bone.

The roar of the surf made Callie’s steps soundless, her thoughts louder. Two and a half weeks on the job, and she’d lost an officer. Edisto hadn’t sacrificed an officer in its entire history, and the first female chief had to be the one to break the record.

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

Highly recommend this book, this series. What I don’t recommend—reading them in reverse order! LOL

This book jerks the reader in and doesn’t let go! A tragedy in the first pages, this story keeps building, twist after unexpected twist to the last page.

Callie Morgan has become a favorite character, clawing her way through personal tragedy—tragedies—and tumult. And she rises above every time. This reviewer is all too familiar with Callie’s urge to give up—and her drive to keep going.

If I had a list of handsome hunky characters I’d like to step off the page, Mike Seabrook would be one. His commanding stature and his gentle manner wins every time.

The dynamic between Callie and Mike, the tension in this story, the setting—I could almost smell the briny marsh as I read. All too typical stereotyping, a control freak mother, and a quirky neighbor make this story real and genuine.

 

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

 

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.

 


Sarah lived. Francis died. And somebody had to be disappointed at that freakish turn of events, because she suspected it was meant to be the other way around. Crime was for people who lived across the big bridge on the mainland. But whether the natives liked it or not, the brake lines were cut on Edisto. She didn’t want to go down that path, but one of them might be a frustrated, unfulfilled killer.

 

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