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Sweet and Deadly
     

Sweet and Deadly

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by Charlaine Harris
 

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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

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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 is the thrilling stand-alone mystery debut from Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series, as well as the award-nominated Aurora Teagarden Series, Lily Bard Series, and Harper Connelly Series.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781625671110
Publisher:
JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date:
09/18/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
51,124
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author for both her Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mystery series and her Harper Connelly Prime Crime mystery series. She has lived in the South her entire life.

Visit her on the Web at charlaineharris.com and facebook.com/CharlaineHarris.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Southern Arkansas
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:
Tunica, Mississippi
Education:
B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
Website:
http://www.charlaineharris.com

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Sweet and Deadly 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Mariyel More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book, It had a good story line snd a quick pace, I would recommend it to my friends .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was compleatly engrossed in this book until I got to the ending. The revelation of the murderer was shocking but the reason for the murders was disappointing. And there wasn't enough info regarding how the heroine came to her conclusion about the murderer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great book considering it was one of her first books and is written in third person. This book is over 20 years old and newspapers do everything electronically now-a-days. The book was also originally only 154 pages long. Catherine is not in first person like her others, but you still get a sense of who Catherine is. I found it to be a real page turner.
KittinBooky More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I did not find this book from Charlaine Harris as enjoyable as I have her other book series's (Harper Connelly, Sookie Stackhouse, etc.). I thought that this particular book was slow, uninformative, and a little confusing. I have loved all of her other books, but this particular one surprised in how confusing and lacking of information to the reader. Take care with this book and do not expect too much from it.
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Grammykf More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappointment to me. But.. can't give up on Ms Harris. She is one of the best.
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Quick, easy read. Nothing too taxing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trying to get pass the first few chapters which is boring,to see if it gets interesting. Why not call the black dupty by his name instead of always saying the black dupty this/that.
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Predictable ending but a good and easy read. The author is very adept at bringing her characters to life.
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She always delivers a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Charlaine's books. This was a fantastic stand-alone. I wish it were longer, but it really didn't need to be.
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Not my favorite book but I definately had no idea who done it till the end and I was surprised.
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JZY More than 1 year ago
Good fast read in the time before Sookie Stackhouse