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Sweet and Deadly Paperback – April 17, 2015
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Newspaper reporter Catherine Linton ignored her investigative instincts when her parents died in a mysterious car crash six months ago--grief obscuring the warning signs that something was amiss. But when she discovers the beaten body of her father’s nurse on Linton property, Catherine quickly realizes her parents’ death was no accident.
Though the sleepy Southern town that Catherine’s family has called home for generations still prickles with racial tension and decades-old classism, Catherine never expected that Lowfield, Mississippi could harbor a murderer. Now, it seems everyone has a terrible secret. But how many people in Lowfield would kill to keep them hidden?
Catherine finds herself both the sheriff’s lead suspect and the killer’s next target. With the help of her handsome editor, Randall, and her quirky fellow reporter, Tom, Catherine must untangle the dark roots of the murders and stop the killer who wears a neighbor’s face.
Sweet and Deadly was the thrilling debut mystery from Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, as well as the award-nominated Aurora Teagarden, Lily Bard, and Harper Connelly mysteries.
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- Publisher : Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. (April 17, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 194 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1625671202
- ISBN-13 : 978-1625671202
- Item Weight : 8.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.49 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #686,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story follows the return of a woman to her childhood home after the death of her parents. She begins work at her local news paper and settles into a quite, private life until she discovers the dead body of her father’s, the town former physician, nurse. Soon another body hits the ground and she, the sheriff and killer are off to find or destroy evidence which will lead to the culprit.
The story is beautifully written and well thought out. I did determine the identity before the climax but it was toward the end of book. The ending was sophisticated and strong until the end.
This new hardcover edition from Severn House is very nice, but also seriously overpriced at a retail of $28.95. The font is larger than standard, more like what you find in YA hardcover editions, and it has pictorial boards covered by a dust jacket with the same image. Collectors of Harris' work (like me) will want this hard to find novel, but casual readers would be better off buying the reissued mass market edition - Sweet and Deadly .