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May 16th, 2016


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09:11 am - Book Rec of the Dying Tide, Post #30
Quickly, before work calls --

This weekend I read a fascinating mystery, The Dying Tide by Nancy Kreml. (It's a Kindle ebook; the link goes to the US edition. It's also available to amazon.co.uk readers, and probably Amazon Canada as well. After a month or so, it'll be available in formats other than Amazon.)

The book is set in the lowlands of South Carolina, and one of the things I like best about it is the sense of place: the story and the characters are part of the marshes, so that the usual murder mystery is also about the potential death of a key element of the ecological chain. It's a novel where community is not just for the humans.

It focuses on a pair of sisters who after full lives have returned to the summer house that was part of forming them. One sister is driven to investigate, to make connections, to move forward; one sister is more cautious, but even she will act when she needs to. There's a great sense of the complications of life in a small Southern town -- the bad cops and the good, race in the past and in the present, the depredations that even good land development can cause -- and also of the connections, the friendships and the moments that make life good. There's even some lovely understated romance.

If you like this sort of thing, then this is a fine book for you. :)

Happy Monday to all!

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From:freixenet
Date:May 16th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Excellent. I was just making my resolutions for the summer, and new reading is one of those. Thanks!

See you in a little while!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 16th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
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It was great hanging out today! :)

And the book's good, too.

Cheers and hugs!
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From:anne_d
Date:May 16th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
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That does sound promising - I'll have to look into it.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 16th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
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It's an interesting mystery because it's really about other things, but the mystery does get solved by the end. An intriguing story, with great characters and use of place. :)

Cheers and hugs!

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