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Lies at Six (Jolie Marston mystery series) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 30, 2013
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About the Author
Sarah drew on her own background in television news to create protagonist Jolie Marston, although the experiences depicted are not autobiographical. During Sarah’s television career she was the producer of the major evening newscast at WHBQ (then the ABC-affiliate) in Memphis, the first woman to hold this position. She went on to produce newscasts as one of the original producers at CNN headquarters in Atlanta. She was later the executive producer of PM Magazine in Memphis. As an independent writer/producer/director, she created videos for a number of corporate clients and non-profit organizations. Later she headed the television department for the WA State House of Representatives. She has written for magazines (Billboard, American Cinematographer) and newspapers (Memphis Business Journal, The Olympian, USA Today). Her essays have appeared in The Seattle Times and on KPLU (NPR) radio in Seattle-Tacoma. She also is a poet and award-winning scriptwriter. A native of Athens in east Tennessee and a former resident of Memphis, Sarah now lives an unusual life on the haunches of Mt. Rainier in Washington state. Her home is on land in a national forest adjoining Mt. Rainier National Park. From a life of plugged-in creature comforts in Olympia, WA, she relocated to a cabin that was off-the-grid, away from even the possibility of connecting to a utility company for running water, lights or phone. Her husband’s imaginative treehouses, including Cedar Creek Treehouse, have garnered worldwide media attention. Sarah owns and manages Cedar Loft Cabin at Mt. Rainier, a secluded eco-lodging in Ashford, WA just outside the national park (www.cedarloftcabin.com). She is writing the second book in the Jolie Marston series. Visit her website at www.sarahscottbooks.com.
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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.