Author Guest Post
Three years out of college, I took a job in Charleston, S.C. While living in temporary housing, I scoured the ads for apartments with a goal of finding a primo second story apartment overlooking trendy King Street downtown, or a beach pad. But, I had a budget. My boss at the time looked over a list of possibilities and selected one I think I’d skipped because it was at the top of or above what I’d been willing to spend.
He said, “This one.”
The ad was for a single bedroom apartment on Sullivan’s Island with a view of the intra-coastal waterway. After looking at two efficiency apartments downtown that were little more than four walls with no windows, I drove out to the island.
The apartment backed up to a second row home on Middle Street. Second row referred to how far away from the ocean the homes were. First row was beach front. Second row was, of course, one row of homes away. So, the location was fifty yards from the Atlantic Ocean. And the view out of the front door was really of the intra-coastal waterway, specifically the Ben Sawyer Bridge. I accepted the terms right then and there.
The owner said I was second in line, so I waited. A day or so later, I got the word that I was in because I was a little older than the first guy and had a steady job and seemed a little more responsible. The first two were true, the third maybe not so much, but I always paid rent on time and didn’t throw wild parties and trash the place. So maybe by his definition, I fit the role of responsibility.
For the next fifty-five months, this single-at-the-time male was in paradise. Pelicans flew overhead. At a close semi-private beach, dolphins swam by. In fact, during high tide on a moonlit evening, one came right up to the line of rocks I was sitting on with a friend to check us out. It must have heard our voices because the next thing we knew, it’d surfaced right below our feet and angled its head to look right at us. Hearing the whistle of the blowhole up close was incredible.
I never wrote a single word of fiction while living there. Too busy with figuring out who I wanted to be and not doing a good job of it, I passed up a tremendous opportunity. But, the memories I carry with me gave me the backdrop for what has become my first published book, Southern Heat. If you want a mystery set in the lowcountry written from the perspective of someone who lived the island life, check it out.
About The Author
David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery / Southern noir. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.
Southern Heat by David Burnsworth
Publisher: Five Star Publishing / Gale Group
Publication Date: February 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover - 304 pages / Kindle - 500 KB
Genre: Southern Noir / Mystery - Suspense - Thriller
BUY THE BOOK: Southern Heat
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
The sole heir of his uncle’s estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate’s Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the Ashley River. A member of Charleston’s wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle’s killer.
From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry.
My Book Review:
In his debut novel, Southern Heat, author David Burnsworth transports the reader to the sultry lowcountry setting of Charleston, SC for an intriguing Southern noir / mystery that keeps the reader in suspense and turning the pages.
Brack Pelton is an ex-race car driver and Afghanistan war veteran who stumbles on the murder of his uncle Reggie Sails in a Charleston alley. He had been on his way to meet his uncle for a celebratory dinner. The police determine that Reggie's murder was a random mugging. As the sole heir of his uncle's estate, Brack is furious and determined to find his uncle's killer, and he teams up with an unlikely assortment of people in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with shady land developers and corrupt politicians.
Author David Burnsworth weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful tale written in the first person narrative that follows Brack's investigative journey as it takes him all over Charleston in search of his uncle's killer. The reader is easily drawn into this well written story with its richly descriptive plot and setting, it is filled with enough action and unsuspecting twists and turns that takes the reader on one hell of a thrilling roller coaster ride.
As a fan of Southern fiction and a frequent visitor to Charleston and the surrounding lowcountry areas, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this thrilling mystery. I was intrigued by Brack's back story and couldn't help but feel for him. I loved his gritty nature and sarcastic attitude, and I found myself cheering for him and his crazy team of helpers as they embarked on a dangerous journey to track down his uncle's killer.
With an intriguing cast of characters; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a richly descriptive setting that makes a person want to visit the picturesque city of Charleston, its historic landmarks, and the surrounding lowcountry areas; Southern Heat is a classic Southern noir mystery novel that is a must read!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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