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Gravestone (Marty Hopkins #1)

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Marty Hopkins, deputy sheriff for Nichols County, Indiana, is suddenly confronted with death threats, burning crosses, a kidnapping, charges of incest, racially motivated murders, and a possible Ku Klux Klan conflagration.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Pocket Books (first published 1993)
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Sandra Strange
Feb 08, 2013 Sandra Strange rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This series presents mystery lovers with a lot to like: a spunky protagonist/sleuth, Southern culture with all of its prejudices, and a really good puzzle that echoes with all the Southern conventions: an established old family, convoluted family relationships, iconoclastic young ones and the consequences of their actions, tense race relations, even a burning cross. The author uses these conventions with skill and enough twists to make the puzzle engaging for even the most seasoned readers.
George
Jun 18, 2008 George rated it really liked it
A sheriff deputy Marty Hopkins mystery set in southern Indiana. Twenty-nine year old Hopkins is trying to establish herself on the force as a capable investigator. The mystery is set today with references to Indiana's KKK past as the sheriff's department investigates a couple of murders with Klan links, a dying prominent judge who claims he is being killed, and his family's missing daughter who ran away seven years ago.

It is an intersting read as the story unfolds along with Hopkins personal lif
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Jan 18, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
This was a more gritty story than her Maggie Ryan first novel, Audition For Murder (amateur sleuth). Here we are dealing with a police procedural, with very real and tense situations. The characters are all well developed, and the writing is very smooth. Don't read this if you can't handle descriptions of caves. I was surprised that one of the characters I had come to trust was the one with the secret that could solve the mystery. Nicely done P.M.
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Nov 12, 2010 Lindig rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I persisted and was rewarded by a nicely convoluted plot (or two), an engaging heroine, and some interesting characters, plus a most interesting evolutionary biologist. I know a lot about Indiana limestone now. The pacing is a little slow but not glacial. Good book.
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P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and a dozen mystery short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar award, a Macavity award, and twice for Anthony awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery ...more
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