Dying on Edisto

Dying on Edisto

by C. Hope Clark


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ISBN-13: 9781611949421
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 03/29/2019
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 584,197
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Dying on Edisto 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jacqui Huntley 4 days ago
The description of the story sounded intriguing and certainly had merit. Murder of a travel blogger who either loved or hated his travels on an idyllic island in the sun. An extremely fancy new resort bringing welcome trade to the island but with a darker side down in the backwaters, eccentric characters with hearts of gold and a miscellany of police types. The latter were hard to come to grips with at first for an non US citizen as I really don't get all the species and sub-species of police that the USA has. Confusing as to who had jurisdiction where, over whom and when - let alone the inter-relationships of the people themselves.. Baffling this side of the Pond. Then there was the American dialogue which also took a while to take on board. When I did get there it was largely an interesting and fast paced story that I enjoyed. Beach Police Callie was a strong female lead ably helped by vacationing Dept of Agriculture investigators Slade and Largo, although Slade was a pain at the start. Callie was less, not, supported by the obnoxious Town Council leader and the local other policeman. There was sufficient back story to understand some of Callie's problems without overly taking over the police procedural side of the story. I might well go and read others in the "Callie" series but not the "Slade" ones. Thanks to NetGalley and Bell Bridge Books for an advance copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
MichanneReese 8 days ago
I had been counting down the days for C Hope Clark’s most recent release, Dying on Edisto. Not only because I always count down from one Clark book to the next, but because I knew Dying was a crossover and going to bring together my beloved Callie from the Edisto Island Mysteries and the fabulously fiercely free-spirited Slade from the Carolina Slade Mysteries. I was over the moon when I got home from work and found the book in the mailbox. I was looking forward to kicking back, relaxing and enjoying the experience. I was convinced I could make this one last. I really should have known better because, in the history of all of C Hope’s books, she does not write books to be read at a slow pace. I usually have a hard time finding enough of a pause in the action of her books to even take a potty break. Dying on Edisto was no exception to this standard that C Hope has set. Don’t get me wrong! I savored every second and enjoyed it more than any of the others yet, BUT did so in ONE sitting, which lasted into the wee hours as I simply could not put it down. C Hope seamlessly weaves the characters together. There is never a time during the course of their interaction that feels forced or unnatural like the characters were just where they were for the sake of putting them in the same story. There is never a spot where the reader wonders how the characters came to be together. I also have always liked the way Clark gives just enough back story that the reader doesn’t feel like they are missing something if they haven’t read the other books in either series. Due to C Hope’s having grown up in the south, the pictures she paints of her characters are authentic; their voices are genuine. Because of her 25-year tenure with the Department of Agriculture, the scenarios she builds are on a strong foundation of fact. I always wonder how much of what we read in her stories has been fabricated, or if it’s a case of “the names have been changed” kind of thing, and we are getting to delve into her true-life events. Over the years I have grown to wonder if Callie and Slade are alter egos of Clark herself. This belief added a fun dimension to the story for me. I couldn’t stop my mind from playing a reel of the original Parent Trap. As Hayley Mills played both sisters, Susan and Sharon, my mind was watching C Hope Clark playing Callie and Slade. Alas, I digress … Chief Callie and the spunky Slade are the perfect yin and yang, with Wayne as the calm voice of reason. My own soul sista’ Sophie is back with all her color and cosmic wisdom, and a supporting cast of characters including a descendant of Blackbeard the Pirate, a blogging restaurant critic with celebrity status and a Grandmother who could give the Godfather a run for his money. Throw in a murder, some drug runners, a grieving mother, some poison, a cop undercover, an undercover agent not undercover, high-speed boat chases and more twists and turns than the South Carolina Lowcountry’s jungle-like trails and you have Dying on Edisto – solidly C Hope Clark’s best book yet.
cottonmilltown_writer 12 days ago
Akin to the old chicken or the egg conundrum, C. Hope Clark’s Edisto series has given me such an enigma of deciding; Do I love her Edisto series because I fell in love with the Island when I visited it 4 years ago? Or do I love the Island because I fell in love with her books? I live in southwest Virginia, but spend about 50 days a year at our Myrtle Beach condo. Once a year, I make my pilgrimage to Edisto Beach. But in between, I satisfy my longing by reading Clark’s latest release where I can re-live the happiness I find in spending an hour in The Edisto Book Store, or buying fresh seafood at the marina, or watching the dolphins run in St. Helena sound. And now, just when I was about to find peace with my chicken or the egg conundrum, Clark merges Carolina Slade into the story. Now my turmoil has started all over again. OK, am I being unfaithful to the ever professional but deeply flawed Callie by finding myself being drawn to the happy-go-lucky, almost klutzy Carolina Slade? Oh, as the song says, I’m Torn Between Two Lovers. The ever present conflicts between she and Brice LeGrand (I empathize Callie, I had a council member just like him once), Callie’s latest savior dedicated to saving her from self-destruction, and solving the latest who-did-it has always made all of Clark’s Edisto books impossible to lay down. There are few regular stand-bys, but in each book Clark has been able to introduce new, intriguing characters. But now with Dying on Edisto, she reaches a whole new level when she throws in a pain-in-the-ass detective, a very eccentric pirate, an surreptitious resort staff and the very unlikely pair of Carolina Slade and Wayne Largo, every chapter has its own “Oh Crap” drama. So Callie, find Carolina and Wayne a good realtor, and let them buy a place, because I’m Dying to read the next release.
paytonpuppy 27 days ago
When a body is found floating in the water, Carolina Slade (from the Carolina Slade series by Ms. Clark) calls it to the attention of her boyfriend, Senior Special Agent Wayne Largo. While Carolina keeps watch over the body to make sure no one disturbs the scene (and to make sure the body does not float away), Wayne contacts the police. The body is identified as a travel writer who has a reputation for staying under the radar and writing very unkind reviews. Was this why he was killed? Police Chief Callie Morgan of Edisto Beach along with Deputy Don Raysor of the Colleton Sheriff’s Office happen to be at the Indigo Plantation when the body is found. Although the sheriff has jurisdiction over the crime, he asks that Callie head the investigation. Working with the detective, who thought the case was his, has made the investigation even more difficult. Callie will have her work cut out for her once the true cause of death is determined. I enjoyed the mystery, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the Carolina Slade series. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
Skye-writer2 27 days ago
I was blessed to have a sneak peek at this great matchup of two familiar heroines and having read and very much enjoyed both the Carolina Slade and Edisto series, I was eager to see where Ms. Clark would go when these two very different ladies met and I was not disappointed. Her use of point of view to see Callie Jean Morgan through the eyes of Carolina Slade and vice versa added spice to the story as we got to see both women in very different ways than we had before in their individual series. The story itself was well plotted and full of twists and turns with an ending I never saw coming. It was also fun to see Wayne, Slade’s “Lawman” as people other than Slade see him. He’s such an interesting character and we got to see more of his personality, and charm in Dying on Edisto. Every pivotal character in this story was so well drawn and interesting I felt like I was on the case with Callie and Slade and I didn’t want to put the book down. Snap this book up as soon as it is out and you won’t be disappointed.
brf1948 27 days ago
Dying in Edisto is an entertaining mystery novel set on Edisto, one of the South Carolina Atlantic Islands. We have Callie Morgan, Chief of Police of Edisto Beach, a small woman reeling from recent heartbreak but doing all she can to keep her people safe and happy. There are Carolina Slade and her sidekick Wayne Largo, both federal employees in the U.S. Department of Agriculture segment of government vacationing for a week at Indigo, a new resort on nearby Edisto Beach. Then we have Callie's neighbor, Sophie Bianchi, a yoga instructor, and self-proclaimed spiritual guide. All quirky, confident adults with good instincts and the need to serve, this crew and their awesome support group on Edisto Island fight the good fight. And we are going to need them all, these good guys when the coroner calls it murder. Dying on Edisto is the fifth of the Edisto Island Mysteries books, but completely stand alone. Ms. Clark has a couple of mystery series - this one combines the primary protagonist of the Carolina Slade Mysteries with the Edisto Island Mysteries cast, for an interesting mix-up. I will need to read all of both before I can be satisfied now that I've gotten the fever. I am pleased to recommend C. Hope Clark to friends and family. Her descriptive passages put you on these islands she so obviously loves, and her protagonists are special, flaws and all. I received a free electronic copy of this mystery novel from Netgalley, C. Hope Clark, and Bell Bridge Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.