Sweet and Deadly / Dead Dog ~~ Charlaine Harris

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Sweet and Deadly / Dead Dog by Charlaine Harris
Six months ago, Catherine Linton's parents were killed in a car accident.

Now, on a wilting hot day in the small town of Lowfield, Mississippi, Catherine finds the bloody body of her doctor-father's long-time nurse. Suddenly Catherine knows that her parents were murdered, too.

As she pulls herself from grief to rage, Catherine discovers that almost everyone in Lowfield is hiding a dark, damning secret. And one of these people, someone she's known her whole life, has a secret worth killing for.

When another body is found, Catherine realizes that she can't trust anyone--because she will probably be next ...
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Sweet and Deadly is the first novel by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. After the unsolved murder of her parents some six months previous, journalist Catherine Linton is working at the Lowfield Gazette and otherwise keeping a low profile, living in her parents home. Her father’s medical practice has been taken over by a young doctor and her life seems somewhat on hold. Then she stumbles across the brutally beaten body of Leona Gaites, her father’s long-time employee, and Catherine is convinced the murder is linked to that of her parents. But it soon emerges that Leona was not all she seemed, and quite a few people in Lowfield might have a good reason to want her dead. With a decidedly Southern feel, this little murder mystery is a taste of early Harris that presages her later work. The characters are interesting, there are clues and red herrings, the plot has enough twists to keep the reader intrigued, the dialogue is credible and, all in all, this is a very enjoyable read.
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