Hog Wild

Hog Wild

by Cathy Pickens

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A runaway pig is about as explosive a piece of news as there is to be found in Dacus. That's just one reason why Avery left her small Southern surroundings in the first place. But home is where the heart is, and since her high-profile trial in Charleston has ended, she's more than ready for some R&R-until a series of grisly murders unfolds at a local housing development, and Avery's called onto the case. Now she must weed through a tangled web of troublemakers-from local brass and newspapermen to real-estate honchos and construction workers-to track down the killer who, like the infamous two-and-a-half-foot tall, black potbellied pig, remains on the loose...

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ISBN-13: 9781250055255
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Series: Southern Fried featuring Avery Andrews Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

CATHY PICKENS, an attorney who specializes in complex civil litigation, currently teaches law and ethics at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. She grew up in South Carolina, where her family has lived for the past three centuries.

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Hog Wild (Southern Fried Mystery Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Kellswitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one WAY more than the second. It was fun to be back in Dacus, the whole feel of the stories there are just different than the one she based in Charleston.I like how naturally she makes the overlapping and at first unrelated mysteries seem to merge and grow naturally, so far they have never really felt forced. And I love how she includes storylines that have nothing to do with the main mystery as well.It's also been a real pleasure to have an inside look into a character as she grows, changes and makes realizations about herself, her family and what and who she wants to be.This also feels so organic and natural, like watching a real person grow and unfold vs. a created character. And I LOVE her family.My one quibble is one that I find common in most mysteries. When seemingly intelligent people behave in stupid ways.When faced with a possible personal threat to herself and others, a threat she recognized and knew could be serious....she goes to the realateors office to look for a place to live or on other errands that really didn't have to be done just quite at that time. Putting things off till the end when it was more convenient for the storyline. I hate it when authors do that.But that is my only quibble about this book, which overall isn't to bad.This series has been one of my luckiest finds and I am so grateful to the librarian who directed me to them.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
After practicing law at Columbia and Charleston, attorney Avery Andrews returns to her small hometown of Dacus where she is about to open up her solo law practice. Even before she officially opens up, Maggy Avinger comes to her for help. It seems her husband, who died form lung cancer, ordered a contentious monument as his gravestone and on it conscribed an epitaph that says she killed him. Maggie doesn¿t want the monument but Avery is more worried about the accusation.--------------- Later that week she goes to a ¿plant rescue¿ on mountain land that Dot Downing sold to land developer Lionel Shoal. When she returns for another rescue, he is digging in the wetlands that he promised to turn into an environment conservation area. Avery wants to see if there is a way she legally cancel Dot¿s land sale due to Shoal¿s misuse of the land. A worker finds the body of a man in an abandoned mine shaft, a bullet in his chest. Later on Lionel is found dead in the same manner as Susie Knight. Both were poisoned and before they died they got a warning letter just like the man who was shot on Lionel¿s property. Creeping Avery out is she gets the same letter as does a friend of hers.------------------ Cathy Pickens has written a charming and delightful southern cozy that gives readers a look at small town living in the heart of South Carolina. The protagonist is a realistic, independent woman who says what is on her mind and tries to do what she thinks is best for her clients even if they have very little money to pay her. Avery is a good role model for youngsters and the audience will definitely admire her attitude.-------------- Harriet Klausner