Burned in Craven

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Pub Date 30 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 04 May 2022

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Hope Clark's books have been honored as winners of the Epic Award, Silver Falchion Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the Imadjinn Award for mystery

"Never short of rich characters and timely twists, this new series will keep the pages turning." —Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

"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

Quinn Sterling left the FBI for the Lowcountry, and no one questions her loyalty to Craven County or her willingness to do what it takes to nail the truth. When a school board member hires her for a domestic issue, the marital problem morphs into a treacherous stew of politics and corruption. Public school board squabbles turn into threats, then arson, then murder, and Quinn suspects that the crime spree is more sophisticated than the rural county's small-time politicians. Someone is willing to kill for financial gain, and Quinn recognizes a dark, sinister force threatening the lives of every board member… and every member of Quinn's adopted family when Jonah Proveaux, the Sterling Banks foreman and Quinn's childhood friend, steps in to shield an elderly woman from harassment and a land grab scheme.

Quinn is kicking a hornet's nest, only these hornets play with fire, death, and guns.

Author Bio:

C. HOPE CLARK has a fascination with the mystery genre and is author of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series, the Edisto Island Mysteries, and now the Craven County Mysteries, all of which are set in the Lowcountry and 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.

Hope Clark's books have been honored as winners of the Epic Award, Silver Falchion Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the Imadjinn Award for mystery

"Never short of rich characters and timely...


Advance Praise

Hope Clark’s books have been honored as winners of the Epic Award, Silver Falchion Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the Imadjinn Award for mystery

"Never short of rich characters and timely twists, this new series will keep the pages turning." —Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

“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 Falchion Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the Imadjinn Award for mystery

"Never short of rich characters and timely...


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Burned in Craven is the 2nd book in the new Craven County Mystery series from C. Hope Clark.

"After her father's murder, Quinn Sterling left the FBI and returned home to take care of the family business. She still accepts the occasional PI job to whe t her appetite for solving crime. She takes on a client to help her with a divorce but gets pulled into a nasty school board squabble. When someone is murdered and another almost killed, Quinn wonders just how far the school board will go to get their way."

This story is genius. You know why? Clark is local to my area and we just had a no-holds-barred school board election last year. A Facebook group plays a part in this story and Clark was an admin (along with a former neighbor) She eventually passed the torch so she could write her next book (I'm thinking this one) The vitriol and mudslinging and name calling was rampant before the election. No one was murdered and no houses were destroyed but it was an election that divided the community.
Clark looks at the social media mob mentality and at what people will do to hold onto power. She's not afraid to kill off any character. There are some interesting dynamics between Quinn, Ty and Jonah. I like that this takes place in a fictional place (Craven County was absorbed many years ago by neighboring ounties) And it's nice to see local places mentioned.
This is some excellent southern crime fiction from Clark

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Omgosh woman?! You couldn't say yes?! Ugh lol this book was very interesting it had suspense, intrigue, action, and a great who done it! It was a very good mystery thriller but also had a great romance too! I will definitely recommend reading this book! It was well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!

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I just really enjoyed this book - and it's the second in the Craven County series that I've gotten to read. They are just awesome books - well-written characters, whom you'll love - the descriptions of the Low Country are so vivid, right down to the smell of the pecan trees. I was glad to go back to Craven and revisit these folks.

In the first book, Quinn Sterling left the FBI to return home to Sterling Banks to manage the pecan farm. She still takes PI cases and this book has her pitted again a ferocious school board trying to force a sweet little ole lady to sell her land. Jonah is on hand and is helping Miss Abbott fight off the school board sharks. Turns out, not only is the school board involved, but they're being informed what to do by outsiders, too. And don't forget Uncle and Ty, they're there at the meetings. And Knox makes another appearance when things get so out of hand the FBI is called in.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review. This is a series not to be missed!

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C. Hope Clark never disappoints. Her mysteries are well thought out, her characters interesting and full-bodied. The local is vivid down to the humidity on the black Edisto River.

Secondary characters were interesting as well. The story of outside land developers moving in on this rural community is no doubt a real issue all over. I never realized how much sway a school board would have in a small community. And when outside developers start threatening and making mischief someone has to stand up and make them stop. Quinn is a fixer and she's not letting them grab the county land, not even the school board. The developers, however, are ruthless and not only burn the ones that fight, but kill as well.

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Fun book a lot going own. I love the low country and the characters in this novel are great. Low country politics are spot on. Quinn Sterling is the one to handle the crime being done to grab land.

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Another great murder mystery set in the South Carolina lowcountry by C. Hope Clark. This is the second book in The Craven County Mysteries series. I’m really enjoying this series and the characters. Quinn Sterling is a former FBI agent, who returns to run her family’s pecan plantation after her fathers death. Her two best friends she has also grown up with are Jonah Proveaux, who helps manage the plantation and Ty Jackson, a detective in the sheriffs office. Quinn’s Uncle Larry is the sheriff, and there’s no love lost there. There’s a lot of action in addition to family drama, murder, friendship and a touch of romance to keep you turning the page. But I have to say please Quinn, say yes already! Thank you netgalley and the publisher for an early readers copy in exchange for my review. I definitely recommend this one.

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