No one does stories set in the South like Ms. Harris. Her characters and settings come across as so authentic you can practically taste the sweet tea. She's also really good at depicting small town life. In Sweet and Deadly, the two come together with tragic effect. The narrative, told from the point of view of a young woman recently orphaned by the murder of her parents, has the sometimes disjointed and foggy quality off someone trying to cope in a world of grief. Fortunately, despite her grief, Catherine is a sharp and observant young woman, which might be the only thing that saves her.
First, let me start by saying Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors. I believe I have read most of her work and love her writing style and her characterization. That being said, Sweet and Deadly wasn't one of my personal choices of her work. It is hard to say why because it was well written and the character build up was there. I guess I just didn't connect with the main character. However, it was worth the read. If this will be your first Charlaine Harris novel, I would recommend a different story.
I was already a fan of Charlaine Harris before reading this mystery. This book gave me a whole new reason to love her work. She excels at giving you a great insight into the main character. She is so descriptive that you can see the scene in your mind. This was an enjoyable mystery that had me rooting for the heroine from beginning to end. Kudos to Ms. Harris for an entertaining read! No fan of hers will be disappointed, and this should gain her fans that don't care for the supernatural genre. I highly recommend it!
Entertaining light read. Copyright 1981. The story was a trip to the past. Dated material - typewriters in the news rooms, rotary phones, no cell phones, setting the newspaper to print by hand... Even the smallest newspaper must be digital/computerized by now. (The function buttons on my original Kindle weird ME out; I keep attempting touch screen.) The story needs an update for a fresh read, might draw a new audience. Please, Ms. Harris: write more stories of Harper Connelly.
This is Harris' first published novel and it shows. The mystery and character development are weak - lacking the the experience and clever plotting found in her later mystery series. And in those series, readers become invested in the spunky heroines like Sookie and Lily Bard. It's harder to connect with Catherine in this story, especially since this is a stand alone novel. However, even here Harris' potential shows. This is a fast and easy cozy mystery. Serious mystery fans will be unimpressed, but the author's fans will probably enjoy this.
This new hardcover edition from Severn House is very nice, but also seriously overpriced at a retail of $28.95. The font is larger than standard, more like what you find in YA hardcover editions, and it has pictorial boards covered by a dust jacket with the same image. Collectors of Harris' work (like me) will want this hard to find novel, but casual readers would be better off buying the reissued mass market edition - Sweet and Deadly.
Sweet and Deadly was a really good mystery. . The mystery was solved in a logical manner--a thing I look for in a good mystery. The characters interesting and well done. They were easy to keep separate as I read. I was very happy with this book.
This is one of the most boring books I have read by this author! I wish I had not wasted my money purchasing this dribble. I thought it would get better the further into it I read, but I was sadly mistaken. Charlaine Harris needs to stick to writing about the occult as this is not worth reading.