Southern Heat

Southern Heat

by David Burnsworth



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ISBN-13: 9781432828004
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 02/19/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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Southern Heat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars This mystery is more gritty and violent with twists all around. Never sure where the story was going to take you. From the Wealthiest and respected families of Charleston to the red light district, to a poor neighborhood. To toxic EPA sites. It starts right off with a murder. Brack finds his Uncle right as he is shot in a alley. His Uncle tries to tell him that Ray shot him. The Police think he was the killer. It is Brack's birthday. Brack has been back in Charleston for around six months from a tour in Afghanistan, He joined after his wife died of cancer. Now his Uncle died and left him everything. Brack plans to find out who killed him and why. He finds out more about his Uncle after his death. His Uncle was trying to save some land and help some friends. Brack and a reporter are trying to get answers. Someone is trying to stop him from finding out what is really going on. There is plenty of drama, action, mystery and characters that you like and want the best from. Loveable pets too. It is a tail that has plenty of surprises along the way too. I do like the ending, I like how Brack heals and the friends he meets along the way. I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review and be part of Southern Heat book tour.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Brack Pelton’s life changes in an instant after witnessing the murder of his uncle. The police suspect him and a beautiful, persistent reporter puts him in the spotlight. Much comes to light after his uncles death. Brack inherits his uncles ramshackle bar, Pirate’s Cove, his old beach house, and some valuable undeveloped land. I couldn’t help but compare some of this book to my neck of the woods. Pirate’s Cove sounds so much like a local bar we used to have called Judge Roy Bean’s. I spent many afternoons there, sharing good times with the other regulars. And the scenery described is such that I felt like I was home. I just loved Brack. He never took himself seriously. Some scenes had me laughing out loud. He’d claim to know about women and be so off the mark. It seemed like every few pages something he’d do or think would have me chuckling. Gotta love him. And his dog, Shelby. Brack loves that dog and does everything to make sure he’s safe and happy when things start getting dangerous. In the south, it’s not uncommon for people to have multiple dogs and they go where their owners go. As Brack digs into his uncles murder, two detectives hound his every move. Brack was such a rascal. He pulled all kinds of stuff on the two poor fellas. One I actually came to like was Wilson. He had potential to become a good guy. When the powers that be come after the land Brack inherited, goons come out of the woodwork, bullets fly, and people get hurt. Gripping and intense, David Burnsworth has written a winner. The southern atmosphere is as thick as the humidity and the mystery and suspense make the story fly. I was thrilled to receive a print copy of Southern Heat and was thrilled when I discovered that after removing the book flap, the actual book still displayed the same beautiful scene. Often a book is blank under the cover, but not this one. southern heat 003 Living in the south, I’m always drawn to stories that have a southern setting and I had a blast with this book. I must have marked so many pages with post-its so I could tell you about something that leaped out at me, though I didn’t use most so I wouldn’t spoil the mystery. The author did everything right with this exciting mystery and I’m anxious to see what he writes next. Hopefully more about these flawed yet lovable characters.
VicG More than 1 year ago
David Burnsworth in his new book, “Southern Heat” published by Five Star brings us into the life of Brack Pelton. From the back cover:    Gunshots echo down an antebellum Charleston alley. Brack Pelton, an ex-racecar driver and Afghanistan War veteran, witnesses the murder of his uncle, Reggie Sails. Darcy Wells, the pretty Palmetto Pulse reporter, investigates Reggie’s murder and targets Brack. The sole heir of his uncle’s estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate’s Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the Ashley River. A member of Charleston’s wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle’s killer. From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry. I have never visited Charleston.  Well let me rephrase that I have never physically visited Charleston, after reading “Southern Heat” I feel as though I have been there and I really want to physically go there now that I have read this book. Mr. Burnsworth has given us a mystery thriller done old school–first person narrative, fists flying, guns drawn detective investigation.  The cops have closed the case now it is up to him to find the murderer before the body count continues to rise.  Corruption, deceit and murder are the tools of the bad guys and it will take a lot for Brack just to stay alive.  “Southern Heat” is a roaring good story that will keep you highly interested in what is going to happen next.  I am so looking forward to the next book by this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In his debut novel, Southern Heat, author David Burnsworth transports the reader to the sultry lowcountry setting of Charleston, SC for an intriguing Southern noir / mystery that keeps the reader in suspense and turning the pages. Brack Pelton is an ex-race car driver and Afghanistan war veteran who stumbles on the murder of his uncle Reggie Sails in a Charleston alley. He had been on his way to meet his uncle for a celebratory dinner. The police determine that Reggie's murder was a random mugging. As the sole heir of his uncle's estate, Brack is furious and determined to find his uncle's killer, and he teams up with an unlikely assortment of people in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with shady land developers and corrupt politicians. Author David Burnsworth weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful tale written in the first person narrative that follows Brack's investigative journey as it takes him all over Charleston in search of his uncle's killer. The reader is easily drawn into this well written story with its richly descriptive plot and setting, it is filled with enough action and unsuspecting twists and turns that takes the reader on one hell of a thrilling roller coaster ride. As a fan of Southern fiction and a frequent visitor to Charleston and the surrounding lowcountry areas, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this thrilling mystery. I was intrigued by Brack's back story and couldn't help but feel for him. I loved his gritty nature and sarcastic attitude, and I found myself cheering for him and his crazy team of helpers as they embarked on a dangerous journey to track down his uncle's killer. With an intriguing cast of characters; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a richly descriptive setting that makes a person want to visit the picturesque city of Charleston, its historic landmarks, and the surrounding lowcountry areas; Southern Heat is a classic Southern noir mystery novel that is a must read!