Badge of Edisto
by C. Hope Clark
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Pub Date 28 Oct 2022 | Archive Date Not set
BelleBooks, Inc., Bell Bridge Books
A Callie Morgan and Carolina Slade crossover! (A standalone mystery)
The dead stil speak . . .
Regret has become ex-Police Chief Callie Jean Morgan's constant companion. Her half-assed, "good ol' boy" replacement in the town of Edisto deepens her guilt at having abandoned her citizens, her officers. When her friends Carolina Slade and Wayne Largo arrive unannounced and determined to uncover why the hell Callie gave up her badge, the group is pulled into a mystery they shouldn't have to solve—but no one else seems to care that the Edisto Witch has turned up dead behind the cemetery.
In fact, Callie and posse have caught the new chief in a lie about the death.
She'll have to decide whether to stay safely retired, save Edisto from an unforeseen criminal element, or take that job offer in her hometown . . .
The dead still speak to Callie Jean Morgan. Whether she's on the job or not.
“When a shocking murder leaves more questions than answers, retired police chief Callie Jean Morgan reclaims her true purpose—solving big crimes in a small town. Packed with plot twists, suspicious new characters, and the Edisto Beach community readers have come to love, C. Hope Clark fans will be cheering.” --Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials
"Characters that linger in your mind long after the last page is turned."--Karen White, New York Times Bestselling Author
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Mystery and intrigue…love and romance…secrets…likable characters who come alive on the pages…this novel, by a talented and gifted author, would make a great movie. A series…I enjoy books by this author…I like Edisto books. Red herrings…dynamics of relationships that are problematic…these books are some of my favorites. Having taught in South Carolina, having been to Edisto Island, the books are even more fun to read…this book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher for the book. Thanks to this author. Keep writing…
With her newest novel, Badge of Edisto, C. Hope Clark brings all of her characters together - Callie Morgan, Carolina Slade and Quinn Sterling.
"Callie Morgan is felling the unintended consequences of her decision to resign as Sheriff of Edisto Beach. Crime is up on Edisto and she feels an overwhelming sense of guilt at all of the lives she's impacted.
When a longtime resident dies, Callie's instincts tell her there's more to it than just a heart attack, but without a badge she'll have to rely on her friends more than ever. Because something evil has come to Edisto..."
This story starts as a slow build. A lot of time is spent in Callie's head rehashing mistakes and guilt and "what-ifs". You know all is not right on Edisto with the new Sheriff and his deputies. But Clark doesn't let you know just how bad it is until near the end. And it's about the worst thing you can imagine.
Clark does another excellent job of describing the mood and feel of the low country island of Edisto. It's a place like no other.
I like that Clark brings all of her characters together. Lots of interesting interactions.
The ending is explosive and wild. More great Low Country crime fiction from Clark.
Having been to this part of the country, I always enjoy reading books set in this area. As I have not read the previous books in this series, I was a little lost with some of the characters. However, the book was a great mystery with an interesting plot. . I will plan to go back and read the other books in the series.
This is the another story I read and liked by Hope Clark. Slow burning, featuring a sort of cross over with other series, a solid mystery that kept me guessing.
Enjoyed it and had fun.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine
I like this series because it is set in Edisto. One of my favorite places. I also like the characters. All are well developed and some are pains in the ass, but most are good people. Glad the Chief is back
This is my first time reading this author and I am hooked. I was drawn to this book because I grew up spending my summers at Edisto.
This book has mystery, love, romance and intrigue. I found the characters to be relatable and dynamic. I enjoyed their character development over the course of the book and the various dynamics between characters and I always love red herrings, Loved it! I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
Time to head back to Edisto! After the last book, I was anxious to see what had become of everyone.
Ms. Clark does not disappoint either. Not only are we back with Callie, but we get a bonus! Callie Morgan, Carolina Slade, and Quinn Sterling show up here and I love a good crossover!
Callie has fled Edisto and crime is taking over. There are some seriously bad people here. I was anxious for her to get herself together. Hit up an AA meeting or something, but get out of this funk! I should never have doubted her friends.
Quite a bit of the story is Callie in her own head with the guilt. And now when she is needed she has no badge. Luckily she does have good friends. And she will need them. But in the end, Ms. Clark does her magic and ties everything up with no confusion and a lot of feelings!
My mother’s family is from here and she loved reading these books. Unfortunately, she never did get to read this last one, but oh the joy these brought her!
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I just love C. Hope Clark's series and her writing is so amazing. I don't know how she comes up with so many story ideas, but I'm sure glad she does! I loved this next episode of Edisto and how she included a cross over from Craven County. These mysteries are so intriguing and interesting, the characters are so well developed and entertaining. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review.
This was an intriguing read for me, I enjoyed the characters and I want more of them since there are definitely backstories I am missing. The mystery itself was well done and plotted, leaving me guessing until the end.
thriller, mystery, island-life, relationship-issues, relationships, friendship, Carolinas, suspense, low-country, small-town, murder, murder-investigation, psychological-thriller, memories****
This is the 9th book in series and, despite claims on Kindle, it is not TTS enabled.
The characters are well developed, the personal anguish well detailed, the world building meticulous, and the investigations well done. It's probably an addictive page turner for those with better vision.
I requested and received a free e-book copy from BelleBooks, Inc., Bell Bridge Books via NetGalley.
Badge of Edisto is a crossover novel featuring characters from C. Hope Clark's Edisto Island and Carolina Slade series. Released 28th Oct 2022 by Belle Bridge Books, it's 358 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats.It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.
This is a well written but slow moving character driven procedural mystery set in a rural coastal/island area in South Carolina. The murder of a local healer/wise woman draws retired former Police Chief Callie back into service due to the incompetence of her replacement in the force. She's joined in crossover support roles by her friends Carolina Slade (and fiance), and a cameo from Quinn Sterling from another crossover series by the author.
The cast of characters is quite large and the author hits the ground at a good clip. It does not work as a standalone in any way whatsoever. For current fans of the author's oeuvre who are up to speed, this is a very well written and plotted book. The characters are deeply developed and feel realistic. With so many related books and characters who feature in crossovers, this would make a great candidate for a long binge/buddy/readathon read.
Four stars. Well written but dark in places. Content includes descriptions of active substance abuse and mental health issues.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
This is book 9 in the Edisto Island Mystery series. It contains characters from her crossover series. Callie Morgan, Carolina Slade and Quinn Sterling are all visiting since Callie resigned her job as Police Chief. She is now regretting that decision. During the visit a dead body turns up and the group catches the new chief in a lie about the death. They get dragged into the investigation and someone in town isn't happy that Callie is back working with the police. This book can be read as a stand alone but you will get more into the relationships of all the characters if you have read some of the previous books in either series.