The Edisto Island Mysteries, Book 6
by C. Hope Clark
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Pub Date 21 Oct 2019 | Archive Date 20 Jan 2020
BelleBooks, Inc., Bell Bridge Books
The Edisto Island Mysteries, Book 6
When the discovery of a body on a vacant lot puts an end to Police Chief Callie Morgan’s surprise birthday party, Christmas week loses some of its charm. Not only does she know the dead man, he’s a relation . . . of sorts.
Soon she’s juggling a murder investigation and a rash of burglaries that may have been committed by the mythical Edisto Santa—a holiday secret Santa, who may have taken a page from Robin Hood’s book and begun robbing from the tourist rich and giving to the local poor.
Since the suspects for both crimes are Edisto residents, no matter how delicately Callie treads, this holiday season will pit Callie against her beloved Edisto and leave her feeling like the Grinch, Scrooge, and Old Man Potter rolled into one. But she has no choice. Murder trumps Santa.
This year Callie is making a list and checking it twice.
Author Bio: C. HOPE CLARK has a fascination with the mystery genre and is author of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series as well as the Edisto Island Mysteries, both set in her home state of South Carolina. In her previous federal life, she performed administrative investigations and married the agent she met on a bribery investigation. She enjoys nothing more than editing her books on the back porch with him, overlooking the lake, with bourbons in hand. She can be found either on the banks of Lake Murray or Edisto Beach with one or two dachshunds in her lap. Hope is also editor of the award-winning FundsforWriters.com.
"A sparkling Edisto Island setting, a flawed heroine, a riveting mystery." —Karen White, bestselling author, New York Times
"Murder, corruption, and page-turning intrigue . . . characters that bring a vivid literary element . . . and create a strong emotional response to their tangled lives." —Susan Cushman, author of Cherry Bomb, and editor of Southern Writers on Writing
Hope Clark’s books have been honored as winners of the Epic Award, Silver Falcion Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award.
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Loved it. Eager for the next one. I haven't read all the books in this series, but have enjoyed getting to know the characters and the island. I need to go back and fill in with the ones I missed while I wait for the next one..
Another cracking good murder mystery with Edisto Beach Police Chief Callie Morgan once more in the driving seat. It might be number 6 in the series but it doesn't feel like it. This time she investigates a dead man found on a building site but this time her arch nemesis, town Councillor Brice is very quiet - the body was that of his lawyer and his wife's lover, they'd had a row and wife was trying to sell their real estate on the side, and he is a suspect, but then so are various other characters. On top of this it's Christmas, and the Edisto Santa has ramped up their activities by stealing from the wealthy and giving to the poor. Is it a new Santa or the old one gone off the rails? Callie tries hard to sort out both the death and the thefts without treading too harshly on sensitive toes, not always succeeding but always persisting. It's well written, likeable characters and a good read. We might have a new romance for Callie and, if so, I hope that it doesn't take over from her police work! Thanks to Alya, Marketing and Productions Coordinator for BelleBooks, Inc. for inviting me to review this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review..
The Edisto Island Mysteries #6 Police Chief Callie Morgan is back with another mystery to solve. It's almost Christmas and Callie is busy getting ready for her son to come home and making sure the Island is safe. The tourists have gone home and things are pretty quiet with just the residents and a few families coming in for a holiday at the beach. It's also Callie's birthday and her surprise party is just that! A surprise party at the new restaurant in town whose owner is quite hunky and mysterious and her former boss and friend, Stan isn't filling her in on anything. Before she can even enjoy her own party, a body is found on a plot owned by local pain in the bum, Brice! And the dead man is Ben, his attorney and Callie's kind of step-dad. When renters begin reporting thefts of Christmas gifts, the town seems to want to ignore it. Turns out it is kind of a tradition. Edisto Santa, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. And when Callie demands the gifts be returned, she is suddenly the bad guy. So what do the thefts and a dead man have in common? You will never guess! I love this series. Mainly because my Momma is from Charleston and was born in Walterboro and my family still has property on Edisto. But the writing is so good. From the first page, we kick into high gear and never let up! There is no page after page of backstory, just my need to know who this Santa fellow is!!! Great Tale! NetGalley/BellBooks October 21, 2019
Hope Clark never disappoints. Edisto Tidings brings a busy holiday to Edisto Beach and Chief Callie Morgan has her hands full of missing gifts, the legendary Edisto Santa who is now Robin Hood stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Really? What's up with that Santa? The discovery of a body in the nastiest councilman's lot comes with more surprises, liaisons, and confusion. Is the big guy responsible or someone else? He certainly has the motive. Enter a handsome new restauranteur to the island, with a past, of course. Doesn't everyone? Who interests and repels Callie in equal measure. Sober and without much sleep, Callie is racing against time to wrap everything up in time for Christmas. I highly recommend this book and all of Hope Clark's mystery novels. The scenery is rich, the characters interesting and the mysteries complex. Enjoy the ride folks, I sure did.
Another excellent instalment in this series, it's the second I read and I think it improves with each one. It's well written, entertaining and engrossing with a solid mystery and a well written cast of characters. I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Callie Morgan is all set for a calm Christmas on Edisto Island. That is until her surprise birthday party when she is called away suddenly because a dead body is found. Then some of the tourists staying on the island for Christmas are missing some of their Christmas presents. Callie is racing around trying to figure out who is stealing Christmas presents and who murdered Ben. There are some surprises along the way. Did Edisto Santa steal the presents? What is the new restaurant owner hiding? As Callie spreads her small department thinly and pulls a 48-hour shift investigation herself, she gets some help from the new restaurant owner. Interesting read and I really like it. I would definitely recommend it.
Edisto Tidings by C. Hope Clark was a fun and entertaining southern mystery. This is my first book by this author and will now make a point of finding her previous books. This is probably a book series but was an easy stand alone. The characters were nicely developed and relationships very understandable. I loved the low country small town setting. Looking forward to future novels. Thank you Net Galley for the chance to read this novel.
I was initially drawn to this book because my family visited Edisto Island a few years ago. Reading a book with a familiar setting was a draw. I really enjoyed the mystery in this quick read. I found the main character likable and I’m looking forward to picking up the first five books of the series to get filled in on all I’ve missed out on! Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Existing Tidings is a very well written mystery. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I will definitely be reading more books in this series. I received an arc from the publisher and this is my unbiased review. I highly recommend this book.
Edisto Tidings by C. Hope Clark is a wonderful mix of holiday mystery and suspense. Police Chief Callie Morgan spends a hectic two days before Christmas trying to track down what exactly happened in the suspicious death of Ben Rosewood. Until Callie receives the report from the coroner, she has to keep an open mind to the possibility that Ben was murdered. How did his body end up on a vacant lot in the middle of the day? She is also on the trail of home burglaries on the island. Some vacationers have had their home burgled and a wrapped Christmas present is missing from under the tree. One holiday rental has three gifts missing. Is there a connection to the burglaries and the Edisto Santa legend? This Edisto Island mystery is fast-paced with interesting characters, and a very tense scene before the ending! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and post my review of this book.
This was my first read by the author and series and so I was a bit lost at the beginning. There is a plethora of relationships in the series but the author does a great job of giving background information. Edisto Island is a small community where there are many renters that come and go each week. It is Christmastime on the island and gifts are being taken from the renters' places, one each house with an exception or two. The gifts are taken supposedly by the Edisto Santa, a long time tradition where someone plays Santa, giving gifts to the poor who might not get something otherwise. But in the past, were gifts stolen to fulfill the gesture? Or is this a new act? Police Chief Callie Morgan moved from the Boston PD to the island where she spent holidays with her family. Her surprise birthday party at the new Mexican restaurant is interrupted when someone clearing a lot owned by a prominent citizen finds a body. The body turns out to be Callie's biological mother's estranged husband, Ben. Sarah has just arrived on the island for Christmas and Callie's birthday and so is a suspect along with others who might have it in for Ben. Callie and her small police force have their hands full with two investigations but her former retired boss from Boston gives her support. She steps on some toes when she recovers the stolen gifts from the poor recipients but she feels an obligation to the people who purchased the gifts. This is a fine line indeed. Locals stick together. I enjoyed reading and trying to unravel this mystery and also discovering this new to me author. I plan to check out her other books. This is series has a great setting with a cast of interesting recurring characters. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary ARC from Belle Bridge Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.