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Sweet and Deadly    by Charlaine Harris order for
Sweet and Deadly
by Charlaine Harris
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Berkley, 2007 (1981)
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Catherine returns to her hometown of Lowfield, Mississippi after a car crash kills her parents. Six months later she is still there, working at the town newspaper and living in her old home alone.

Unsatisfied with the results of the investigation of her parents' crash, Catherine is unable to move on. When her father's nurse is beaten to death and left in a shack on Catherine's farm land, she is sure there is a connection. Her father was the town's only physician and the nurse was using information she obtained while working in his office to blackmail Lowfield citizens. Suddenly, everyone in the town Catherine grew up in is a suspect, even the sheriff.

If you are a fan of Harris's popular paranormal mystery series, don't miss this opportunity to read one of her earlier novels. This is a reprint of an early stand-alone mystery first published in 1981. Catherine is a complicated southern heroine with courage and intelligence. Sweet and Deadly is excellent, with a surprising ending.

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