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C. Hope Clark's Lowcountry Bribe: good first book in mystery series

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Lowcountry Bribe by C. Hope Clark

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Book Review: C. Hope Clark, Lowcountry Bribe

Author, C. Hope Clark’s first mystery novel, Lowcountry Bribe, was surprisingly good. A mystery buff, I usually read an author's work from the start of a series, and usually notice the writing style improving. I was not sure what to expect, but after a marathon read, I was pleasantly surprised. I found I could not put the book down once I began reading it. Lowcountry Bribe, Clark’s first novel, has all the elements of a very good and captivating novel. Clark weaves the story beautifully from start to finish. I was kept in suspense until the end.

While characters are being introduced and are still developing, the initial book gives readers a solid idea of who the characters are. Clark weaves setting seamlessly into the dialogue. I read Lowcountry Bribe in one marathon setting, and look forward to reading the next two books in the series. Tidewater Murder, and Palmetto Poison. Clark’s writing reminds me of J.A.Jance, a Northwest mystery writer who captures the feel of place in her two series--one set in the Southwest, the other in Seattle, Washington.

Clark's first novel, Lowcountry Bribe, creates a set of characters, including the protagonist, Carolina Slade, a strong, no-nonsense Southern woman who though reluctant at first, is discovering her power and gifts for sleuthing. Lowcountry Bribe offers the reader a feel for the Southeast that may make you longing for more, as it did me. I am looking forward to seeing how the characters develop, and to follow the suspenseful and intricate plots that C. Hope Clark creates. For those of you who love to curl up with a good page-turner, I highly recommend Lowcountry Bribe. C. Hope Clark promises to be one of those mystery authors you just can't wait to read.

Lowcountry Bribe is available on Kindle and audible versions as well as in paperback.

Lowcountry Bribe by C. Hope Clark. Bell Bridge Books. 2012. ISBN 9781611940909 (paperback),