I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Southern Heat on February 19, 2014
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Gunshots echo down an antebellum Charleston alley. Brack Pelton, an ex-racecar driver and Afghanistan War veteran, witnesses the murder of his uncle, Reggie Sails. Darcy Wells, the pretty Palmetto Pulse reporter, investigates Reggie's murder and targets Brack.
The sole heir of his uncle's estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate's Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the Ashley River. A member of Charleston's wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle's killer.
From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry.
Southern Heat by David Burnsworth is the first book in the Brack Pelton mystery series, set in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Brack is a struggling man. His wife passed away from cancer, and he signed up to serve in Afghanistan~in hopes that he wouldn’t make it back home. However, he makes it back. He is meeting his uncle for dinner when he sees his uncle gunned down in an alley. Brack vows to find out who killed his uncle – and why.
Brack is one of those flawed characters that you just really like from the beginning. He was easy to connect with, and even when he was doing things that were dangerous or stupid, you just wanted it to work out for him. The setting of this story is perfectly done~I felt like I was spending time in the lowcountry. I loved all of the quirky characters~Mutt, Brother Thomas, Brack’s ex-aunt Patricia, Darcy the reporter, Paige from the Pirate’s Cove bar that Brack inherited from his uncle. The mystery is well-plotted and kept me turning pages. The characters and the attention to detail for the settings made this an incredible book. This is a series I will look forward to reading for a long time to come.
I originally received this book last year for review. A death in the family prevented me from reading/reviewing at the original time. I read it now in preparation for the second book, Burning Heat, which I will be featuring on February 20th.
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