Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris PDF
An engrossing Southern mystery from the NY Times best-
selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series - Six
months after the death of her parents in a car crash,
Catherine Linton returns to her hometown of Lowfield,
Mississippi, unconvinced that it was an accident and
looking for answers. Her suspicions seem to be
confirmed when she stumbles upon the dead and beaten
body of her doctor fathers long-time nurse. Catherine
is right: there are secrets being kept in Lowfield. But
if she continues to investigate, the town where she
grew up may be the same place where she is sent to her
grave . . .
Out of print for more than 20 years, the debut novel
from prolific mystery author Charlaine Harris (the
Aurora Teagarden saga, the Lily Bard stories, et al.)
is finally available once again. But unlike her
lighthearted and humor-filled Sookie Stackhouse series,
Sweet and Deadly is an eerie and atmospheric gem about
a young woman named Catherine Linton, who returns to
her home in Lowfield, Mississippi, following her
parents'' tragic death and becomes entangled in the
small town''s dirty little secrets.
While out target shooting on her family''s land, the
still-grieving Catherine stumbles across the corpse of
a brutally beaten woman hidden away in an old shack.
The victim, it turns out, was a decidedly unlikable
nurse who worked with Catherine''s physician father.
Catherine investigates further and soon uncovers the
scandalous truth: The nurse was blackmailing someone in
the town - - someone prominent and someone desperate
enough to kill in order to keep a secret.
Longtime Harris fans will be more than pleasantly
surprised by this dark and disturbing murder mystery
set in a small town on the Mississippi Delta. Vividly
re-creating the unique and sometimes negative aspects
of southern culture (replete with underpinnings of
racism, sexism, self-righteousness, etc.), Sweet and
Deadly is archetypical southern gothic - - especially
the novel''s shocking conclusion. Highly recommended.
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