Elizabeth's Book Reviews

October 10, 2012

LOWCOUNTRY BRIBE by C. Hope Clark

Filed under: Book Review,Conspiracy Theory,Novels,Realism,Thriller — by elizabethducie @ 10:02 am

Hope Clark stole my weekend recently!

I’ve followed Hope Clark’s writing journey with interest for a few years now and like many of her newsletter readers, was delighted when she firstly got an agent and then when she found a publisher for Lowcountry Bribe. I bought the book because I thought it was the right thing to do, rather than because I particularly wanted to read it; but I’m so glad I did.

Lowcountry Bribe tells the story of a Department of Agriculture county manager who tries to play it straight when she is offered a bribe. Instead, she finds herself in trouble with everyone: her superiors, her client farmers, the Feds and even (or should I say, especially) with her husband Alan. The more she struggles to stay afloat, the deeper she sinks.  If you like fat-paced crime thrillers, you will love Lowcountry Bribe.

From the opening paragraph, which grabs the reader by the throat, the story races along at a relentless pace with twists and turns on every page. I found myself turning the pages faster and faster to find out what happened next. Clark’s characters are
well-defined: Wayne is just on the crumpled side of being perfect; Alan is a self-centred snake; Jesse was so mean, I kept checking the bottom of each page to make sure he wasn’t going to appear again; and as for Slade — she’s a wonderful new addition to the canon of female protagonists: I’d put her right up there with Kay Scarpetta and Temperance Brennon.

Once I’d started this book, I couldn’t put it down until it was finished — and I also broke my own rule about not using the Kindle when I’m in the house. Hope stole my weekend — but I’m so glad she did and I can’t wait for the next in the series.

ISBN: 978-1611940909 BelleBooks plus ebook for Kindle, available from Amazon.

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3 Comments »

  1. That is a phenomenal review. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is one of the many reasons we write.

    C. Hope Clark
    http://www.chopeclark.com

    Comment by Hope Clark — October 11, 2012 @ 3:49 pm |Reply

  2. Every word was sincere, Hope. I loved the book and could hear your voice in every word!

    Comment by elizabethducie — October 12, 2012 @ 9:36 pm |Reply

  3. […] is the second in the Carolina Slade series of mysteries and anyone who’s read my review of Lowcountry Bribe will know how highly I rate Hope’s writing (not to mention the generous support she gives to […]

    Pingback by TIDEWATER MURDER by C Hope Clark | Elizabeth's Book Reviews — February 24, 2014 @ 2:18 pm |Reply


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