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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432766368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432766368
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,580,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Author does a great job with all the characters.
Barbara Hightower
Darlene Cox will draw you into her third novel, "Pearl," with the very first paragraph and you will not want to stop reading until you reach the very end.
K. Ingerto
I read it in one day and absolutely refused to stop until it was completed.
M. Lignor

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on March 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pearl could have been an interesting story, but the characters are too over-the-top without being amusingly quirky. They are just odd and not very likeable. I did not find anyone that was interesting enough that would make me hope another book will follow with the same characters. Pearl still would have been readable except for the multiple graphically described rapes and other violence against women. It was just sickening. I read three-quarters of the book before I decided I had read more than enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lignor on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Readers, hold on to your hats. This book is a terrific read and a great third novel for this author.

The title PEARL, refers to a young woman who is married to an older man but, seems to get her kicks by teasing the men of the town and it seems that she is either the town tramp or a lonely person who is looking for anything to spice up her life. There is a lot of speculation in the town of Faircloth, VA about the marriage between Pearl and her much older husband. Their relationship is cordial and they are respectful to each other but, very seldom seen together in the town. Sadly, Pearl's savagely beaten body is found outside of town and the police investigation will cover many secrets that were dormant in the town for many years. Townspeople think that it was a stranger passing through town that killed Pearl and wouldn't it be convenient to blame a transient rather than look into the residents of this little town?

Sometime after Pearl is found, the burned body of a young girl is found in a vacant house in town and the attack on another woman comes about shortly after. The police are baffled and there are other secrets to be found among the townspeople. Questions are abundant. Such as, who was this young woman and why was she living alone in a vacant house? Who visited her many nights after dark and who would have left her in a burning building? Also, as to the other woman; why would anyone beat and rape a woman leaving her for dead in this small town in rural Virginia? Were these crimes done by the same person or by some psycho going through the town and leaving distruction in his wake?

The Sheriff and his deputies will have a lot of clues that they can't figure out and some of them also have secrets concerning Pearl and the other two women.
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I've actually read another of Darlene Cox's books before. The book I was privileged to read was Web of Deceit. After flipping through Pearl real quick I thought I saw my name in the back of the book. So I looked more closely and sure enough, there my name is in print! My review was printed in the back... I was so excited. I've worn the spine out of my copy showing it to people! But back to the review of Pearl.

I liked Web of Deceit, but it has a few things that didn't sit well with me. So when I got Pearl in the mail I wasn't sure what I should expect from it. When I finished I can honestly say I was very glad I read it. Cox's execution of certain elements really came together in this one.

There are a few mysteries going on in this one. Not only was I trying to figure out who killed Pearl, but I was also trying to figure out who Pearl was. After all knowing why Pearl was killed is as important and knowing who did it. As the story unfolds it becomes apparent that although everyone knew Pearl, there was very little that they really knew about her. Which I think makes the mystery that much more enjoyable.

I can say I figured out most (not all) of this one pretty early on. But there were so many twists and turns that I would never have been able to guess it all. And with the other mysteries that are laced into the story it really kept me on my toes.

I have to say that this was much better than Cox's first book. I really think she hit the nail on the head with this one. It was very enjoyable to read and all the elements came together to make a really interesting story.

A review copy of this book was provided by the author. This is not a paid review and is a truthful and honest review.
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Ms. Cox has written another attention getter/attention holder with Pearl. She hooks her readers right where she should; with the opening sentence! Throughout the book she develops Pearl's character, as well as others who interact with Pearl. There are some rabbits to chase, clues that don't seem out of place or illogical at all, but which have the reader continuing on to see if said she has "figured it out." Not until very near the end of the tale, did I tumble as to who the REAL killer is. A good job for a mystery writer, and especially for Ms. Cox who has the readers indentifying so closely with Pearl. The book has mystery, a bit of romance, police procedure, a mix of people and events which all added together make up a book I can recommend to those who enjoy a story that will hold one's interest from start to finish.
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By Patti on April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sheriff Jon Atherton of Faircloth, Virginia, has been having an affair with Pearl Sutton. Now she's been murdered. He was probably the next-to-last person to see her alive. Jon's right-hand man, first Deputy Tom Fogerty, also had an encounter with Pearl the day before. Deputy Wallace Aiken is a religious fanatic with an eye for detail and has an even darker secret than his two colleagues. What I liked about this book is that it's refreshingly straightforward. I didn't miss the usual red herrings or the dodging of the truth by all the law enforcement agents. Early on, Tom and Jon admit to each other their relationships with Pearl, whose marriage, by the way, is not what it seems--another nugget that the author reveals early in the novel. In fact, Tom and Jon are no saints, but they're good at their jobs, and this book, although a murder mystery, is more about how they go about solving a crime--2 crimes, actually. In this sleepy little town, another young woman has turned up dead. Now Jon and Tom don't know if they're looking for one murderer or two or which is the lesser of two evils. I found it interesting that the reader already knows who committed the second murder. This was a nice touch in that we get to deduce who murdered Pearl, while at the same time watch Tom and Jon follow leads toward reaching the correct conclusion about the second murder. This dual story line gives us the best of both worlds, at least where murder mysteries are concerned, and also saddens us with the story of Jon's personal regret for what his relationship with Pearl could have been, had he only been privy to her secret.
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