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Pluff Mud Murders by Ann Carpenter
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: February 27, 2016
Format: Paperback - 244 pages
Kindle - 632 KBISBN: 978-1935921561
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe.
Riley Jordan has come home to Charleston to begin a new life—a life interrupted when she was a young child, and still haunted by vague memories of danger and mystery. After years of living the fast-paced life of New York’s publishing world, Riley will be the editor-in-chief of Charleston’s Premier Health Magazine. It should be the perfect life. But things are not what they seem. Soon, Riley, who has suffered amnesia since a traumatic event in her childhood, finds herself embroiled in the past history and current events of the powerful Radisson family, a family whose evil deeds have evaded the long arm of the law, and whose influence reaches far beyond the city limits. When Riley is confronted with three tiny coffins upon a visit to the former Radisson Estate, she begins a journey into the past that will bring her into contact with Summer Radisson and her sister Hayden. Forced by current events to return to her tortured past, Riley is confronted with long-buried secrets that have an impact not only on her life, but on the lives of Alex Keys, a detective who is trying to find out who she really is, and his former partner, Phil Leatherman, who was forced from his position in the department because he knew too much. Under suspicion herself, Riley vacillates between wanting to remember whatever may have happened, and a desire to put the past—whatever it might reveal—behind her, and start life over. But the past is imposing itself upon her very life. As she learns through a series of revelations, “Death is the key that opens the door to the past.” This epitaph from Jefferson Radisson’s grave may indeed provide answers to the secret that has been buried too long—and that will finally set Riley free.
My Book Review:
In Pluff Mud Murders, author Ann Carpenter weaves a riveting mystery tale set in the Lowcountry area of Charleston, South Carolina, that follows Riley Jordan as she returns home to restart her life after years of living in New York City. Riley has been diagnosed with dissociative amnesia, a condition that has left her unable to recall personal information, and struggling to regain repressed memories from her traumatic childhood. Riley has been running from her past for too long, and now it is time to go home and face her past and start anew. But when Riley arrives at the gates of the former Radisson estate, she starts to get fleeting images and snippets of dark childhood memories and long buried secrets that someone doesn't want her to remember, and they will go to any length to stop the truth from resurfacing from the Lowcountry pluff mud.
In Pluff Mud Murders, author Ann Carpenter captivates the reader's attention from the beginning, and transports them into the middle of a gripping mystery that easily keeps them guessing and sitting on the edge of their seats. As a fan of Lowcountry mysteries, this story had everything that I could ask for: an intriguing mystery full of dark hidden family secrets, old and new murders, suspense, and surprising twists and turns, that engages the reader to follow along as Riley Jordan's long suppressed memories resurface, and as Detective Alex Keys tries to fit the puzzle pieces together, and solve the mystery behind the long buried Radisson family secrets.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the author does a wonderful job of providing a rich description of the Lowcountry setting: from its grandeur and history, to the local landmarks and the variety of sights and sounds, the reader is easily transported into the heart of Charleston, South Carolina.
Pluff Mud Murders is a fascinating Lowcountry whodunit tale that is sure to take the reader on one heck of a thrill ride!
RATING: 5 STARS
About The Author
Ann Carpenter is the author of three novels, Pluff Mud Murders, Circle of Player, and The Mystical Doll House. She is the founder of Kidz By Dezign, and lives in Atlanta, Ga with her husband and granddaughter.
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