Tidewater Murder

Tidewater Murder In the deep waters off the coast of Beaufort South Carolina corpses are turning up faster than dolphins chasing a shrimp boat When federal agricultural investigator Carolina Slade s best friend is

  • Title: Tidewater Murder
  • Author: C. Hope Clark
  • ISBN: 9781611942576
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the deep waters off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina, corpses are turning up faster than dolphins chasing a shrimp boat .When federal agricultural investigator Carolina Slade s best friend is suspected of embezzlement and fraud in a sordid case involving drugs and migrant slavery, Slade must question her own long held loyalties She s desperate to believe in SaIn the deep waters off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina, corpses are turning up faster than dolphins chasing a shrimp boat .When federal agricultural investigator Carolina Slade s best friend is suspected of embezzlement and fraud in a sordid case involving drugs and migrant slavery, Slade must question her own long held loyalties She s desperate to believe in Savannah Conroy s innocence despite every scrap of evidence pointing to her friend s guilt.After a tomato farmer dies in a shrimp boat explosion, Slade s colleague, Senior Special Agent Wayne Largo, manages to force Slade off the case, citing conflict of interest Refusing to quit even if it means violating agency orders, Slade fights to save her friend s career Soon, Slade s the target of escalating threats meant to frighten her off the case.But threats might be the least of Slade s worries She s also juggling a co worker s sudden romantic interest, voodoo, and her teenage daughter s determination to solve mysteries like her mother Slade struggles to keep her life, and the lives of those around her, safe and sane when, once again, digging up dirt on the ag business threatens to put her six feet under.

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    About "C. Hope Clark"

    1. C. Hope Clark

      C Hope Clark was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia The granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, Hope holds a B.S in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years experience with the U S Department of Agriculture to include awards for her management, all of which enable her to talk the talk of Carolina Slade, the protagonist in most of her novels Her love of writing, however, carried her up the ranks to the ability to retire young, and she left USDA to pen her stories and freelance.Lowcountry Bribe s won several awards to include finalist status of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery Suspense sponsored by Romance Writers of America The novel enjoyed semi finalist status top 100 out of 10,000 in the 2009 Breakthrough Novel Contest The book went on to win the 2012 Silver Falchion Award for Crime Fiction and the 2013 EPIC E book Award for Best Mystery.Tidewater Murder and Palmetto Poison followed close on Lowcountry s heels in the Carolina Slade series Hope s recently released a new series, beginning with Murder on Edisto, of the Edisto Island Mysteries, followed by Edisto Jinx, with Echoes of Edisto and Affairs of Edisto forthcoming in 2016 and 2017 Hope is married to a 30 year veteran of federal law enforcement, a Senior Special Agent, now a contract investigator They met on a bribery investigation within the U.S Department of Agriculture, the basis for the opening scene to Lowcountry Bribe Hope and her special agent live on the rural banks of Lake Murray outside of Chapin, South Carolina, forever spinning tales on their back porch, bourbon and coke in hand, when not tending a loveable flock of Orpington and Dominiquer hens.She also currently manages FundsforWriters, a weekly newsletter service she founded that reaches almost 35,000 writers to include university professors, professional journalists and published mystery authors Writer s Digest has recognized the site in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for 16 years.She s published in The Writer Magazine, Writer s Digest, Chicken Soup, Next Step Magazine, College Bound Teen, Voices of Youth Advocates VOYA , TURF Magazine, Landscape Management and other trade and online publications She speaks at several writers conferences a year Hope is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, EPIC, International Thriller Writers, SE Writers Assoc and MENSA.

    134 thoughts on “Tidewater Murder”

    1. I ate up another Hope Clark mystery this weekend, and again, let me state I'm not a mystery reader. This reader of Jane Austen and Kiran Desai and Amy Walden (literary, international, etc) found out about Hope's fiction through her Funds for Writers newsletter and decided to take a risk on her stories. It's no risk whatsoever. In this sequel, Carolina Slade proves she's flesh and blood lifting off the pages, making me alternately cheer her on and want to cuss her out. "Slade, what are you doing? [...]

    2. Sequels, all authors know are hard to do. Readers expect the second book to duplicate the same passion, tension and quality of writing. To have this expectation placed upon them can send some writers into the depths of despair. This did not happen to C. Hope Clark with her second novel, Tidewater Murder. It has surpassed the brilliance of its sibling and blossomed into a classic thriller in its own right.The book follows the random path of the latest case Carolina Slade finds herself entwined in [...]

    3. Mysteries are my guilty pleasure. I want to be immediately engaged and entertained. But when I pick up this genre, I still want to learn something interesting. In Tidewater Murder, the author exactly fit my bill. It’s obvious that law enforcement and investigations come directly out of her background, and I gained some interesting tidbits on the Gullah tradition and agricultural practices I knew nothing about. Plus, her characters came to life with all their foibles exposed. Warning: This is a [...]

    4. * I received a free copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the 2nd book in the Carolina Slade mysteries and this one finds Slade promoted and living in Columbia, South Carolina. When her best friend Savannah is accused of wrong-doing, Slade sets out to find the truth. And gets into trouble along the way. Like the first novel in the series, I enjoyed the setting and Slade's spunky personality. However, the book a little slow going and Slade's stubbornness g [...]

    5. It's official, Carolina Slade, or just Slade is my new new mystery heroine. I liked her in Lowcountry Bribe but loved her in this offering. I love southern literature and am in awe of the diversity in cultures the regions possess. This story is in the low country, one of my favorite regions because of the Gullah culture and the marshlands. Slade is quite the southern-bred lady, but fiercely independent and sharp-tongue and with sharp wit, a southern cross between Lucy and Miss Marple. Look forwa [...]

    6. The main character in this 2nd novel of the series, Carolina Slade, has been essentially written as too-stupid-to-live. The author has written Slade as a person who continually feels the need to prove her abilities and her independence to the entire world. Thus, she has created a character who flaunts the parameters of her job description as a federal fraud investigator, puts herself and her co-workers in truly mortal danger continually as a result and then has the audacity to throw fits of righ [...]

    7. Another Solid Story You wouldn't think that making farm loans would be such a dangerous occupation. I guess I always saw farmers as salt of the earth types who worked hard, sold their crops, and repaid their loans. Of course that's if they are really farmers and not drug runners and traffickers in human misery.When Carolina Slade makes the mistake of thinking she's investigating one thing when it actually is something else entirely chaos ensues. It's fun watching her get out of some self inflict [...]

    8. Tidewater Murder is #2 in the Carolina Slade series by C. Hope Clark. I was late to the party, and unfortunately am reading the series in reverse order, having started with Palmetto Poison, which is #3. I really enjoyed Tidewater Murder, and would love to do an in-depth analysis of this book, but will forgo the pleasure because I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun before they read the book. In the spirit of full-disclosure, a signed copy of this book was given to me by Hope Clark to review, bu [...]

    9. This is the second installment in the Carolina Slade Mystery series. I have not read the first installment, but found that this book stood enough on its own to enjoy it without reading the first one.Obviously reviews are a personal opinion so some of this may not apply to you, but it really affected my ability to enjoy the book. There was way too much profanity. While some writers think that having their characters curse all the time makes them seem more realistic, I think it makes them seem mor [...]

    10. I don't know C. Hope Clark personally - I've never had much correspondence with her or met her in person. But I have, for several years now, received her emails "Funds for Writers," which I highly recommend for any aspiring author. The emails contain advice, inspiring stories, announcements of various literary competitions, and also a listing of some publications that are looking for submissions of various sorts. With all the work Mrs. Clark has done helping other writers, I've wanted to read he [...]

    11. Some friends are as close as sisters. Others closer. Like melt on ice, or your first gasp of breath rising up from a river baptism. Carolina Slade, federal agriculture investigator, considers Savannah Conroy such a friend -- and Savvy’s in trouble. Falsified signatures on a six-figure farm loan, embezzlement, missing tomato crops and murder. The kind of trouble that leads straight to federal prison. Do not pass GO. Do notHumph! Not if Slade can help it.A tornado of wit and warmth, wisecracking [...]

    12. When I started reading this book, Tidewater Murder, I realized that it seemed as though a commentator was describing the story background while the characters each had their own voice. The scenery descriptions and historical elements were authentic to Columbia, South Carolina, and its surrounding area. I was impressed by the author’s knowledge of, not only farming, but authenticity of southern colloquial expressions, as opposed to the northeast version I am familiar with.Spade, responsible for [...]

    13. It is often hard to enjoy a sequel without having read the previous books. This is not the case with C. Hope Clark's Tidewater Murder, the second book in her Tidewater Carolina Slade Mystery Series. The book rebuilds the personal life of Slade as she moves her two children following the death of her husband and a promotion to new town. Simultaneously, she receives news that her best friend, Savvy, who is also an employee of the Department of Agriculture, office is under an audit. Savvy is also p [...]

    14. Hope Clark's Tidewater Murder gives the reader another page-turner mystery in the Carolina Slade series. From beginning to end, the action never stops. Action comes both physically and emotionally in this book, giving it a more human quality than most mysteries.Carolina Slade’s friendship with co-worker Savannah Conroy at the state Agriculture office takes the first test, which continues throughout the story. Others try repeatedly to remove Slade from the case due to her friendship, but she pu [...]

    15. In this second volume in the Carolina Slade mystery series, author Hope Clarke hones her skills as a novelist with great plotting, consistent character development, and a microscopic look at a world most of us know nothing about.Clark is a former 25-year employee of the US Department of Agriculture, her husband a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement. So it follows that her protagonist, Carolina Slade, is a rural loan manager for USDA. When her best friend, a loan manager in another county, [...]

    16. Normally I like to savor my mysteries. I restrict myself to reading one or two chapters a day. I can afford to do that since I feel like I have either purchased or borrowed nearly every American or British mystery ever written since 1974; I don’t feel in as much of a hurry to read every mystery ever written. Having stated all this, I just want to say that I found it impossible to stick to my two chapter a day reading rule while reading Tidewater Murder by C. Hope Clark. Clark’s narrative flo [...]

    17. It is hard to put down “Tidewater Murder”, the second book in the Carolina Slade mystery series. Author C Hope Clark writes with a fast-paced, page-a-minute style that keeps the story moving and the reader on edge. Every word, every sentence drives the story forward. As a follow up to “Lowcountry Bribe”, it builds on the suspense, crackling with anticipation in both plot and character. Best friends, romantic interest with a professional conflict and single motherhood blend seamlessly in [...]

    18. Hope comes at her mystery from a different direction--not from professional law enforcement or from amateur sleuths, but from the direction of a federal investigator from the Department of Agriculture. Yep, this story took place in the world of tomatoes. And who knew how nerve-racking tomato crops could be?When the papers for a loan sport different signatures, Slade's best friend, an ag agent in Beaufort, SC, becomes suspected of embezzlement and fraud. Slade investigates, intent on proving her [...]

    19. C. Hope Clark’s Tidewater Murder finds Carolina Slade immersed in a far-reaching mystery that begins with an investigation into questionable loan paperwork that appears to finger her long-time friend Savannah as the culprit. Called on to investigate, Carolina has to navigate her friendship with Savvy, her relationship with Wayne Largo who has come in with the strong arm of the law, and her “what the hell is it anyway?” relationship with her co-worker Monroe and care for her children all wh [...]

    20. Full disclosure: I'm a Hope Clark fan. I've followed her Funds for Writers site and newsletter for years, and I love her editorials and voice. Her advice to writers is always sensible and right on, and I treasure that newsletter in my inbox! I absolutely loved her Shy Writer Reborn too, and when she came out with her first novel, Lowcountry Bribe, I was thrilled. It was a page-turner! The second in the series, Tidewater Murder, was also well-written. Clark is adept at narrating a story with skil [...]

    21. Tidewater Murder was a pleasant read for several reasons. The violence isn't overly graphic, but still makes it clear as to what is/has happened. The 'colorful' language is kept to a minimum, so that it's impactful when used. Also the characters are appropriately developed according to their part in the story (main vs. secondary). Each character has specific traits unique to the character. For example, Carolina Slade uses nicknames for people like calling her Senior Special Agent boyfriend 'lawm [...]

    22. Tidewater Murder is the second book in C. 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 [...]

    23. Tidewater Murder, the second Carolina Slade novel by author C. Hope Great read with a well-developed setting, gripping plot and believable characters!Clark, exceeds expectations and takes readers on a colorful journey into Slade's world as a federal agricultural investigator in the sequel to A Lowcountry Bribe.The plot takes off when the heroine's best friend is suspected of fraud, challenging Slade's faith in her friend and her professional obligations. I fell in love with the characters from t [...]

    24. Having finished C. Hope Clark’s first spell bounding mystery, Low Country Bribe showcasing its heroine Carolina Slade, I pined for more for more. My expectation was not to be denied.The excitement as I opened the package containing Tidewater Murder was palatable. From the first paragraph in Tidewater Murder , “Savannah Conroy was one of the sharpest,” to the final “As I listened to the soothing sounds…” I was a willing prisoner to the mysteries unfolding.There is a enchantment, and t [...]

    25. What a fun ride this book was. I love Slade - probably because there is so much in me that is mirrored in her, both good and bad. She is fiercely loyal, never goes at anything half way, but throughs her heart into it full tilt. She's got her share of problems, being a single mom of a boy desperate for a man's touch and a daughter who desperately wants to be a teenager is only part of her personal challenge, she also has two men who have feelings for her, one she always considered a friend, the o [...]

    26. As a bona-fide premiere mystery author, Clark’s writing style is a straight-forward, shoot-from-the-hip read that leaves both nothing and everything to the imagination. The author clearly strikes a balance between fact and fiction, and that balance comes out in black and white on every page. While not yet having read the first in this series of Carolina Slade mysteries, following the story from page 1 to page 278 was no trouble at all. The story’s main character, Carolina Slade, is a federal [...]

    27. This is the second in the Carolina Slade series of mysteries and anyone who’s read my review of Lowcountry Bribe will know how highly I rate Hope’s writing (not to mention the generous support she gives to writers everywhere). Her second novel does not disappoint.Carolina Slade is moving home, with her two children, hoping to leave behind memories of a bad husband who turned out to be really dangerous. A call from co-worker and friend Savvy pitches Slade into another mystery, more danger and [...]

    28. Having first come across C Hope Clark through her Funds for Writers site, I was a little wary of starting a new series of mysteries by an author I only knew from her essays on the Funds for Writers newsletter.No worries here. I took Lowcountry Bribe on a trip to Italy and could hardly put it down, despite the attractions of Florence. It is full of action, creepy villains, and complex characters. She leaves you hanging till the end, as far as knowing exactly who all the good guys (and bad guys) a [...]

    29. I'm not generally a mystery reader, but I've read both of the Carolina Slade mysteries so far in this series and have enjoyed them both immensely.Hope Clark has her finger on the pulse of a very special and unique region of the United States, a region that I love very much. She manages to blend intrigue, excitement, murder, motherhood, ghosts, social issues, and FBI agents into a story that I couldn't put down until the last page.She also takes a paper pushing character (something I can relate t [...]

    30. C. Hope Clark delivers with her second book in the Carolina Slade Mystery series. Slade is immediately relatable as a character and draws in the reader with her intelligence and drive as a government investigator. As the puzzle unfolds, characters are believable and diverse. C. Hope Clark breathes life into each page and the reader is taken for a thrilling ride; this is a story unto itself complete with an education in southern agriculture and government workings.I, personally, loved this book a [...]

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