Tidewater Murder by C. Hope Clark

Tidewater Murder is the second book in Cl Hope Clark’s Carolina Slade novels.  I have to say that I think it is even better than the first novel, Lowcountry Bribe.  Her characters are spot-on and full of personality.  Each one of them is a fully drawn person that you think you might recognize if you ever saw them in South Carolina. Specifically well done is Slade herself.  She’s not perfect, nor does she aspire to be.  She goes and gets herself into a muddle because she reacts without thinking a problem through.  How many of us can relate to that?  I know I can.  The plot of the novel is intricate, and Clark gives us enough descriptive detail of the setting that we can at least imagine what we think it looks like – especially those of us who have never been to South Carolina. This mystery involves Slade’s best friend Savannah and her office mates when they must investigate what has happened to some mortgaged tomato crops guaranteed by  the Department of Agriculture.  Also along in the investigation is Slade’s new man, Wayne Largo.Lots of crazy things happen when they are all out investigating the central mystery and round up and/or dispose of some really bad guys.  A very entertaining read.  I look forward to the next Carolina Slade mystery.

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