Now best known for her New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels, Charlaine Harris hit "a home run the first time out" (Birmingham News) with the story of a murder that embroils a small-town reporter in mystery that hits close to home.
Catherine Linton has returned to her hometown of Lowfield, Mississippi, unconvinced that the death of her parents in a car crash six months earlier was an accident. And her suspicions are confirmed when she stumbles upon the dead and beaten body of her doctor-father's longtime nurse. There are secrets being kept in Lowfield. And the town where Catherine grew up may be the same place where she is sent to her grave.
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"A first-rate mystery with special character ... as convincing as it is surprising in the final revelation." (Washington Post)
Having read the novel first, I was excited to have an audio book copy on hand for long days at work.
Unfortunately, the narrator.
Suzy Jackson's voice is very easy to listen to, which is not always the case with audio narrators. She enunciates clearly, and she would probably be great for novels set in Anywhere, America, which a book written in the first person.
This book, however, is set in the South. The main character, Southern. All but one character, Southern. Her voices are only hints at a Southern accent, and the main character herself has none. Even when the text states that the main character is speaking in an exaggerated drawl, Ms. Jackson continues to speak in a generic, accent-less tone.
As Ms. Jackson reads, it seems as though she is doing a blind reading,as her cadence doesn't match the words; rather, she seems to be trying to adapt as she reads, resulting in confusion over what is going on and who is speaking. Combined with her lack of accents (and lack of variety in characters), it is only the written cues in the book that gave me any idea she had switched from narrating to speaking in character.
I wish she had read the book several times before reciting. Perhaps then, the characters would sound like they were actual residents of the Southern delta where they are set, and the novel itself would have the subdued, tense atmosphere of the written book.
This was a good effort and first novel by Harris. I am glad that she continued writing because her books got better and better. In Sweet and Deadly the plot was a little thin and the characters were not fully developed. However, it was a good book. It's worth a credit if you are a fan of Charlaine Harris and want to read her first book.
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