Are peanuts capable of murder? Carolina Slade will bust this shell game.
Big money, big politics, crime, greed, and big farming - Slade, an agriculture department investigator in the steamy state of South Carolina, once again finds herself planted in a dangerous mystery.
Her assignment? Find out if there's a sinister connection between the drug-dealing arrest of wealthy peanut farmer Lamar Wheeler and the gruesome death of Lamar's teenage son in a car wreck. Especially since the dead teen is Governor Dick Wheeler's nephew.
Of course, the governor's people practically sky-write STAY AWAY FROM THE FIRST FAMILY over the Palmetto state's capitol dome in Columbia, which doesn't make Slade's job easier. Couldn't she simply back off from what appears to be a tragic and ugly - but private - family matter?
Not with hot-tempered DEA agent Pamela Largo on the case. Ex-wife to Senior Special Agent Wayne Largo, Slade's romantic interest, Pamela's hell-bent on using Lamar Wheeler's situation to re-open a cold case involving an Atlanta drug lord and Wayne's long lost sister, Kay.
Soon Slade's shoveling shooflies uphill against Pamela's obsessions, the drug lord's vendettas, the governor's secrets, and the bizarre realization that those secrets involve peanuts.
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Couldn't put this down!
Peanut Roller Coaster
Pamela Largo, the nemesis.
No, but I have listened to dozens of audio books and Pyper fared in the middle of the talent I've heard. Pyper is not monotone, but she has a level voice with less lift than I'm used to. It's almost like you would listen to a poet read their work with the drawn out lines. Despite that very slight distraction, the book is so compelling I was carried through and never wanted to pull my earbuds.
I laughed and cried and had to hide on a remote lounge chair on my cruise so no one would see me. This was the perfect read for a cruising holiday. It kept me relaxing and listening for hours each day.
C. Hope Clark has blossomed into a real contender in the mystery writing world. I'd love to meet her at a book signing and hear her speak.
- Brandy Lynn Maslowski