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Tortoise Stew (Florida Fiction #1)

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“The bomb sat in a bag on Kelly Sands’ desk for an hour before she noticed it.” And so begins the raucous journey through small town Florida politics in Tortoise Stew. Kelly Sands is a reporter covering some of the more controversial and contentious issues in the north Florida town of Calloway. Dead armadillos and gopher tortoise carcasses left as calling cards to those ...more
Paperback, 2nd edition, 286 pages
Published January 23rd 2013 by In the Garden Publishing (first published February 11th 2006)
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Christoph Fischer
Mar 11, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"Tortoise Stew" by P.C. Zick is a multi-faceted and hugely entertaining book about local politics, corruption, environmentalist and journalism in a small fictitious town in Florida. Reporter Kelly Sands receives a bomb threat as she investigates a dubious land development project that is creating a lot of local protest. In the middle of this 'battle' between the developers, politicians and the newspapers Zick throws in a high profile murder case, rivalry between the reporters in professional and ...more
Emily Capeles
Jun 01, 2013 Emily Capeles rated it really liked it
This was a goodreads giveaway that I enjoyed. I felt that the beginning of the book was somewhat slow, it took me awhile to get into it. The story was a good one and it was written well. Even though the beginning was slow, it was needed to tell the story. All in all it was a good read.
Benita Robinson
Dec 09, 2015 Benita Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Florida resident

I live in the Florida Panhandle. Sounds familiar. Wish I knew the location. I am pretty sure it is set close to where I live.
Karen
Aug 21, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
TORTOISE STEW. PC ZICK
Tortoise Stew is a fictional account of the corruption that goes on in any Municipality in the world. This story is set in Florida and the characters could be any politician, city manager or even reporters.
I found the characters to be three dimensional and very lifelike. The main protagonist in this story is Kelly. She is the City reporter for a small paper and has a few skeletons in her closet. With a vote coming up Kelly unravels the skeletons of many of the city's politi
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Rebecca Austin
Mar 11, 2015 Rebecca Austin rated it really liked it
Kelly Sands may be in over her head as a writer for the Braidwood Tribune when a bomb is left on her desk. It seems someone doesn't like the questions she's been raising over the annexation of land and zoning issues. As Kelly dives further into her investigation of Industrial Pines and the politics of the town and neighboring communities.

It turns out that nothing is as it seems and what seems like a few people involved in a plot ends up involving way too many people. It's up to Kelly, fellow rep
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Jada Ryker
May 21, 2016 Jada Ryker rated it it was amazing
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Kelly is shocked when she finds a bomb on her cluttered desk. She’s accustomed to reporting the news… not living it. Now, she’s putting not just her life on the line to get the rest of the story.

If you like Tortoise Stew, then you should try Ms. Zick’s Native Lands. She adroitly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of tribal living in the 1760s. At the same time, she demonstrates political savvy with her insight into Florida politics. Ms. Zick also deftly and sensitively address
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