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Lowcountry Bribe (A Carolina Slade Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C. Hope Clark
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A killer wants to make certain she buys the farm. Threats, a missing boss, a very dead co-worker, a high-level investigation and a sinister hog farmer: Lowcountry Ag Department manager Carolina Slade is a bean-counting civil servant in hot water. Carolina Slade is a by-the-book county manager for the Department of Agriculture-a civil servant who coordinates federal loans for farmers in the coastal lowcountry of South Carolina. When one of her clients, a hog farmer named Jessie Rawlings, offers her a bribe, Slade reports Jessie to her superiors. The next thing she knows, she's besieged by Resident Agent-In-Charge Wayne Largo from the Feds' IG Office in Atlanta. He and his partner have come to investigate Slade's accusations, and if possible catch Jessie in the act of handing over money. However, the IG isn't telling Slade everything. The agents are also investigating the disappearance of Slade's boss the year before in connection to possible land fraud. And when the sting on Jessie goes bad, the case is put on hold and Wayne is called back to Atlanta, leaving Slade to fear not only for her life and job, but for her childrens' safety. Author C. Hope Clark, the granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, holds a B.S. in Agriculture from Clemson University and has 25 years' experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Hope is married to a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement, a Senior Special Agent, now a private investigator. They live in South Carolina, on the banks of Lake Murray. Hope is hard at work on the next novel in her Carolina Slade Mystery Series.

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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 1442 KB
    • Print Length: 274 pages
    • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (January 31, 2012)
    • Publication Date: January 31, 2012
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007A4CQ1U
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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    51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of the South With A Whole Lot of Spice February 28, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Featuring a fiery and fiesty Southern Belle with a wickedly dry sense of humor and an endless supply of priceless (and quite quotable) one-liners, you are transported into the South Carolina Lowcountry with a fresh set of eyes. The suspense is palpable from the first page to the last as you traipse through the farmlands that inhabit the outskirts of historic Charleston and get to know the people who call the Palmetto State home. While the issues in Slade's life entangle themselves, you wonder if they will ever loosen their grip or if the female protagonist who, at times, feels worn "thinner than cheap toilet paper" will herself unravel. The honest to a fault heroine is thrust into questionable circumstances surrounding her job and home life. As the two worlds collide, you are swept into a hurricane of emotions as you attempt to solve the mystery and delve deeper to discover hidden facets of lively characters who pop off of the page and onto your front porch. I found myself disappointed at the end of the book--not at all because of the ending of this enthralling plot, but because I wanted more escapades with this brilliantly illustrated character whose quirks are sure to snare even the most reluctant reader. I cannot wait for the next book in this series to further explore the adventures (or misadventures) Slade and her entourage encounter.
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    23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, kept me turning pages February 24, 2012
    Long familiar with C. Hope Clark's informative newsletter, FundsForWriters, I looked forward to her breakout novel, Lowcountry Bribe, and she did not disappoint.Her character, Carolina Slade, is sassy, brave, but with real human qualities. Although the first chapter might be a bit too descriptive, Clark had me by the second chapter and I never looked back. She even handled a difficult scene toward the end of book with real skill. I can't wait until the next one (please say there will a next one). Who would have known that working for the Department of Agriculture could be so exciting!
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Lowcountry Bribe January 5, 2013
    By AF
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I caught the holiday special on this book: two subscriptions to the author's newsletter and an autographed book for one low price. I definitely think the newsletter is the better of the bargain. I love this author's newsletters. They contain valuable information for writers on markets, contests, fellowships, etc. and she usually has an encouraging word to boot. However, the book....well, that's a whole 'nother matter. I wish I could say I can't wait for the rest of the books in this series but I can. I was disappointed in this story for a number of reasons: a weak main character, mystery scenes and unfulfilled promises (i.e., no payoff to the setoff).

    Within the first quarter of the book, I itched to slap some backbone into the main character--Carolina Slade. I quickly became very impatient with her. Not only did she come across as weak but also inconsistent. At times she talked a strong game, but her actions and decisions never supported the talk, leaving the impression of a dependent woman who left the thinking to the men. At the end of the book, Slade's (as she's referred to in the book) best friend even tells her to take a break from men and focus on herself. When I read that I wondered if the author's portrayal of Slade was intentional. Perhaps the rest of the books in the series will show her development into a dependent, wholly functioning character.

    I also had a problem with some of the scenes in the book. I eventually labeled them as mystery scenes because I couldn't understand why they had earned a place in the story. For example, in one scene, an agent shows up at Slade's office to question her about her involvement with another agent.
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    26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars fun read - can't wait for the next one February 5, 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Masterful prose tinged with suspense and just the right amount of dry humor. To be trite - a real page-turner. Leaves me hungering for more. Congrats to C Hope Clark - please keep writing!
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Nighter Must Read May 9, 2012
    Threaten a mother's children and you will ignite her.

    Like a number of reviewers out here, I, too, have followed the birthing process of this new mystery series by C Hope Clark from her exceptionally helpful and generous Funds For Writers newsletters. (If you aren't a subscriber, consider taking a look. They are loaded with valuable writer information.)

    The cliché simply cannot be avoided here. I read this in two sittings, getting up to use eye drops for my aching eyes around 3:00 a.m. so that I could continue to read until 5:00 a.m.

    This debut novel by Ms Clark is THAT compelling. Protagonist Carolina Slade must constantly do battle against US governmental bureaucrats, a pig for a husband, a douche bag of a boss, condescending federal agents and scumbag clients to get someone to handle the illegal bribe situation she gets offered.

    And then her kids and family dog get pulled into the whole illegal mess.

    There is nothing flat about Carolina Slade. She can feel the angst and compassion for a dead office worker, but isn't about to lay down before sniping female office workers, yet is a working professional who knows the work has to get done in spite of it all. And the best part of it--she is a devoted mom. Not an easy formula.

    As I read, I kept asking myself: How much more turmoil and terror can Ms Clark fling at Carolina Slade? The answer is: C. Hope Clark flings it right up to the end, and she spares us nothing in the final storm-chased, bloody, pig-crap, and muddy revelation. Author! Author!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dedicated Mom & Employee Embroiled in TROUBLE
    Lowcountry Bribe was snappy, energetic, suspenseful. The tale captured me and made me anxious to finish with work and responsibilities and then get back to reading the story as... Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Mary Anne Benedetto
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Enjoyed the action and location. Have gotten all of her books
    Published 21 days ago by Gilda
    4.0 out of 5 stars EASY read
    Pretty decent book that got a bit long in the middle. Just enough going on to keep interest. NICE beach book.
    Published 24 days ago by Kathy Pyle
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lotsa fun
    Intriguing and fun. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Like the tension between the characters and the local color.
    Published 2 months ago by AHT
    1.0 out of 5 stars Defective
    Book is OK, but too many blank pages between readable ones
    Published 3 months ago by cajun Man
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I got hooked on the Edisto books that made me look at this one.
    Published 4 months ago by Wsd
    4.0 out of 5 stars This is an easy read(I read it in 2 days)
    This is an easy read(I read it in 2 days). Carolina Slade is a US Dept of Agriculture loan office manager, in Charleston County, South Carolina. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer Thomas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well done with sufficent twists and surprises. I ...
    Extremely well done with sufficent twists and surprises. I closed that book and started the second in the series!
    Published 4 months ago by HappyReader
    5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Highly recommended!
    Very interesting subject matter: (Subdivision of the US Agriculture Department) inclusive of
    land, farmers, government loans, etc., in rural America. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by gail
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
    Got off to a bit of a slow start but picked up pretty quickly. Easy to follow the characters. Enjoyable reading!
    Published 5 months ago by Jane Weeks
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