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Carnal Innocence [Kindle Edition]

Nora Roberts
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts provides a potent mix of small-town secrets, scandalous romance, and down-home Southern atmosphere as a young woman searching for some bayou R&R finds herself entangled in a serial killer’s wicked web.
Burned out and still reeling from a love affair gone bad, world-class violinist Caroline Waverly goes to her grandparents’ home in Innocence, Mississippi, for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Instead she finds herself overwhelmed all over again—first by Tucker Longstreet, a charming local with a sideline in no-strings-attached relationships, and then by a deadlier, more disturbing development. 

For Innocence is being stalked by its very own serial killer, whose brutal knife blows have pierced the veil of tranquillity in this sleepy Southern town and left a trail of mutilated female corpses in their wake. When a federal agent arrives to investigate, the town’s deepest secrets bubble to the surface and suspicion turns on Tucker as the most likely suspect. After Caroline finds the latest murder victim floating in the murky waters behind her house, she too is inexorably drawn into the path of a crazed killer who may be closer than she could have ever imagined.

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Editorial Reviews Review

Old favorite. Bestselling author Nora Roberts grabs her readers from page one. Innocence, Mississippi, isn't innocent for long when a murderer strikes the sleepy town. Concert violinist Caroline Waverly has returned to her deceased grandparents home to escape high-pressured concert tours. She is soon caught up by the irresistible charm of Southerner Tucker Longstreet. The dark secrets of Innocence soon begin to surface and together Caroline and Tucker not only face a murderer but discover secrets from the past.

From Publishers Weekly

Roberts ( Genuine Lies ) plunks a pair of likable lovers into an equally likable rural Southern community; she then keeps the story from turning sweeter than blackstrap molasses by setting loose a serial killer. World-class violinist Caroline Waverly, recovering from a breakdown and an affair gone bad, arrives at her grandparents' house in Innocence, Miss., looking for peace and quiet; what she discovers is the naked, mutilated corpse of Edda Lou Hatinger. Only days earlier, Edda Lou had thrilled local gossips by publicly blowing up at Tucker Longstreet: he wanted out of their affair; she wanted marriage. Edda Lou is the third woman stabbed to death recently, so local police call in Matthew Burns, a federal investigator who specializes in tracking serial killers. In the meantime, Tucker decides to be right neighborly to Caroline, and after her initial resistance crumbles, she responds to his Southern charm. Tucker is on Matthew's list of suspects, and soon a fourth dead woman is found on the Longstreet family property. Caroline, too, faces the knife as she is drawn into a confrontation in which she learns who is behind the deaths.
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  • File Size: 1593 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZTD4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative Title, Wonderful Book! May 17, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok, I'll admit I thought that CARNAL INNOCENCE had a very strange title and didn't understand the implied reference until I was actually reading the book. Innocence in this case is actually a town in Mississippi. The main female character, Caroline Waverly, is a famous violinist who decides to go to Innocence, Mississippi to get away from a much-publicized break-up with her fiancé. She retreats to her family's quaintly charming old bayou home and begins to learn to relax and enjoy life, something she has never had the opportunity to do.

What she doesn't know is that this town is full of deceptions and people hell-bent on revenge. When a murder victim is found, she begins to question her decision on moving to Innocence. Is the killer the one she's fallen in love with - charming, handsome Tucker Longstreet (ever notice how romance novels always have charming and handsome characters - no ugly, rude ones!). As Caroline tries to figure out her feelings while keeping out of harms way, many things come to light.

CARNAL INNOCENCE is a very good book and definitely worth the price! It's full of suspense, romance, and unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend reading this book, but make sure you have plenty of free time, because you won't want to put it down!
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnal Innocence February 22, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Caroline Waverly is a world-renowned violinist in desperate need of some overdue relaxation. She decides that Innocence, Mississippi is the perfect place to find some peace in the only place she has truly ever felt roots. As she makes her grandmother's old home her own, her serenity is shaken when she finds the body of young woman in the lake, and in to the path of a serial killer.

Tucker Longstreet is a true southern gentleman and appears as easy going as a man can get. He enjoys fast cars and faster women, but Caroline is a challenge for him. Tucker is immediately taken with her, and appoints himself her protector. It is then we learn that the good ole boy surface hides a very smart and sharp-witted man.

As the town lives in the grips of fear, Tucker and Caro must identify the killer to have any chance of a future.

This was very well written with wonderful characters. The secondary characters are especially good - LuLu was a scream! This one kept me guessing till the very end!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Romance & Southern Hospitality! June 1, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In a hurry, I picked up "Carnal Innocence" for a light read on a long train trip. Not expecting much, (maybe it was the title?), I was surprised to find this Nora Roberts' novel very entertaining.
Carolyn Waverly, a world-class concert violinist takes a much needed break from her high pressured tours and a romance gone sour. She visits her deceased grandparents' home in Innocence, Mississippi, hoping to find the tranquillity she experienced there as a child. As she begins to settle-in and get to know the friendly locals, a murder victim is found on her property - the third victim in a series of serial killings. Apparently the town's most attractive women are being targeted for death. The sheriff and FBI do not know if the murderer is a stranger lurking in the bayou or a lifelong inhabitant of Innocence. To complicate matters for the lovely Caroline, her new beau, (he works fast!), the irresistibly charming, handsome, Tucker Longstreet, is a suspect.
There are a few surprises in the plot and Ms. Roberts' characters are wonderful. Caroline Waverly, who has lead a lonely life on the road, with constant concert tours, is immediately taken into the bosom of the townsfolk. Many remember her as a child and begin to treat her like extended family. The southern warmth and hospitality, along with some local history and characters' foibles, liven up the novel as much as the mystery and romance. A fun, light read - perfect for long train or plane trips!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A who dun it with a dash of romance. July 6, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Someone in the sleepy little Mississippi town of Innocence is far from innocent. Women are turning up dead and that is just not healthy. Body number three has just shown up in the pond behind Caroline Waverly's home and she's wondering how much rest she is going to get in this little town off the beaten track.
Caroline is a famous concert violinist and has come to stay in her grandmother's house when she realizes that still waters run deep and more goes on in this backwater town than meets the eye. She is swept off her feet by Tucker Longstreet, one of the town's favored sons, unfortunately he is one of the prime suspects. What is a girl to do?
I thought I had it all figured out as I devoured the pages but was pleasantly surprised by the end when I was completely wrong. A good mystery to fill your summer days. Kelsana 7/6/01
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This book was the first book in a long time that kept me up all hours of the night trying to finish it. It kept me on the edge of my seat and totally engrosed in the plot. Never before have I read something so extrodinary that i felt like I was living in the story. Thank you Nora Roberts for having such a wonderful talent and sharing it with others.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't see it coming... June 23, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I pride myself on being able to figure out the culprit in the first few chapters of a mystery. I was completely surprised as to who the murderer turned out to be in 'Carnal Innocence'. This was the first book I've ever read by Nora Roberts and after reading it I have to say that Nora Roberts is one of my new favorite authors. I just loved the smalltown Southern atmosphere that the book revolved around and the characters were so greatly developed that I actually miss them now that I've finished the novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summer read
Good story line. Interesting characters with a fun Southern setting.
Kept me guessing up to the end.
Classic Nora Roberts love interest. Very enjoyable
Published 15 days ago by Lori S. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, must read!!
I absolutely loved this book!! It had me hooked from beginning to end,
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Family loyalties in the South
Enjoyed the mystery and the Romance. The idea of family loyalty and murder and mayhem is fun..along with some eccentric carachters
Published 1 month ago by J. Turshinsky
4.0 out of 5 stars so much better than the TV movie
It didn't occur to me until I started reading that I had actually watched this on television a few years ago. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gwenn Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and murder
Interesting ending...took me by surprise.....I am not so much into the romance as I am in the mystery...thks one had me guessing to the last few pages ...very enjoyable read
Published 1 month ago by merrymitch
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of Nora Roberts best books. I had a hard time putting it...
This is one of Nora Roberts best books. I had a hard time putting it down. I think you will enjoy this book.
Published 1 month ago by Lorraine Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
Loved this book. Has just the right blend of romance and mystery all set in the deep south.
Published 2 months ago by EdieN
5.0 out of 5 stars fast paced romance thriller!
I enjoyed this book for both it's romance and it's mystery. Once started, I had a difficult time putting it down.
Published 3 months ago by Deidre M. Dickmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars surprise ending
This was a good book. True to Nora Roberts, it is hard to put down when you get towards the end. Surprise ending!
Published 3 months ago by Barbara McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
the book was great! It was hard to put down! I loved the characters! Nora Roberts is a very talented author!
Published 3 months ago by Davies
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