by Linda Heavner Gerald
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: October 3, 2015
Publisher: Linda Heavner Gerald
Print Length: 347 pages
The Forgotten Coast of Florida contains the most beautiful beaches in the world. It also hides a secret. A viscous murder causes the area to lock doors; staying inside away from the glory of nature. Delicious Tupelo honey, the most desirable of the golden nectars, silently gathers in hives. Locals collect it lovingly as did ancestors before. Gulf County Detective, Sue Gibbs, also gathers something of worth. Slowly, she chips at family and friends as she gathers information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator. Even the revered ladies of the Panhandle Patriots, who know well secrets of the area, are not beyond scrutiny. These special ladies silently discover mysteries on yellowing sheets of crumbled paper from earlier generations. Detective Gibbs will find the killer regardless of consequences. This case will cause discussion for future residents. All of this waits for discovery on the Forgotten Coast.
Murdered Twice by Linda Heavner Gerald
Among the beautiful beaches and warm Florida coast, something ugly has happened, a vicious murder has rocked the town to its core, because nothing like this ever happens close to home. Its Gulf County Detective Sue Gibbs job to uncover the events, find the killer and bring peace and security back to this small, definitely Southern, panhandle town. As one of their own, how does Sue balance her investigation with the helpful intrusions of the town, as well as the twisted roadblocks to the truth along the way? How many dirty little secrets will she uncover as she sifts through truths and lies and cover ups meant to protect sons, wives and children? Everyone is a suspect until they are ruled out, no one is above suspicion as feathers are ruffled and toes are stepped on. Someone knows more than they are saying, but their identity is unknown.
In a tale filled with lies, infidelities and jealousies, as well as old-fashioned beliefs, Linda Heavner Gerald masterfully tells a tale of murder, mystery and mayhem with just enough revealed and just enough side stories and twists to make discovering who did it and why a definite challenge for readers! No easy feat, so sit back, grab your notepads and let this twisted tale surround you in the atmosphere of a Southern charm, innocent bystanders and characters you may find you like to dislike. I can give you one hint, it wasn’t the butler…
The pacing is easy going, the changes of perspectives well engineered and oh, the secrets, the many secrets that are revealed.
I received this copy from Linda Heavner Gerald in exchange for my honest review.