The winner of the 2004 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Contest for Best Traditional Mystery, this debut offers sharp observations about the rural South. Attorney Avery Andrews returns to her South Carolina hometown where the discovery of a dead body sweeps her into a red-hot case. Martin's Press.
Attorney Avery Andrews left her BMW behind in Columbia, South Carolina, along with her job at a high-powered law firm. She's come back home to Dacus where the vehicle of choice is a pickup truck with a dog chained in the back. Avery wants time to rethink her career and her life. What she gets is a bossy great aunt drumming up clients and dragging her to social teas. That's how Avery ends up hired by a local factory to help with a messy environmental problem. But she's at Luna Lake because an old high-school classmate is trying to get her attention with a half-baked stunt, when divers find a car containing a corpse. Now, the discovery of the dead body sweeps Avery into a red-hot case...and into the sizzling secrets of small-town life, where some people get away with murder.
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"Pickens, a lawyer and teacher with deep roots in the Carolinas, balances the dark and light aspects of the subgenre adeptly, and almost always manages to avoid corn and sentimentality."--Chicago Tribune"The world of Dacos, soaked in tart atmosphere, is well worth a visit." --Kirkus Reviews"[An] assured debut, a cozy with some sharp edges...this strong start augurs well for future books in the series." -Publishers Weekly
About Cathy Pickens
Cathy Pickens is a lawyer by training and currently teaches at Queens University Business School in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is near the border with South Carolina, where her family has lived for the past three centuries.
Southern Fried by Cathy Pickens
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