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Jolie Marston has an on-air meltdown that costs her her job in local TV just when her mentor and prominent Memphis politico turns up dead. You will love her from the beginning as she navigates the lies told over lifetimes that have poisoned more than one family in the Midsouth. Scott easily runs her impetuous and determined protagonist through some dangerous waters near the Big Muddy and yet remembers to give us those moments of smiling recognition or comic relief with characters perhaps familiar for type but never so predictable as to be boring. There are some lines in here that will stop you cold with their poetry, imagery, or downright Southernese.
It is not often a seasoned author is able to write a good plot, develop male and female characters equally well, direct a faultless eye at setting and landscape, and make you feel you are recognizing places you have never been.
So if this is her first, I can't wait to see her fifth. And tenth. And so on. I am a Jolie Marston fan already, and that makes me a Sarah Scott fan, too. Hope she is writing non-stop. This will be a great writing career, if she wants it.
While this book effectively combines a number of motifs, such as those of the old and new South, the one area where I saw room for improvement was in combining elements of genre. At times, the melding of murder mystery, chick lit, family saga, and southern gothic, could have been more seamless. In particular, the rapid pacing I usually expect in a mystery seemed a bit off, due to the accommodation of more leisurely standards borrowed from other genres. I hope these aspects of Scott's narrative may develop further in the next Jolie Marston mystery.