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Murder on Edisto (The Edisto Island Mysteries, #1)

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A big city detective. A lowcountry murder.

Peace, safety, a place to grieve and heal. After her husband is murdered by the Russian mob, Boston detective Callie Jean Morgan comes home to her family's cottage in South Carolina. There, she can keep their teenage son, Jeb, away from further threats.

But the day they arrive in Edisto Beach, Callie finds her childhood mentor and
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 22nd 2014 by Bell Bridge Books
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Oct 10, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle
First of all, I'm a sucker for all books that take place in the South. Add to that an author that is new to me and I'm hooked!

I'm happy to say I've found a new author and a new series! Murder on Edisto combined all the things I love in a mystery - of course, the South, the beach, hunky men and a really great storyline. This book did not disappoint. The characters were easy to get to know, the plot kept me guessing and the dialogue was lively and fun.

I look forward to Ms. Clark's next book in th
Loralee Lillibridge
Sep 28, 2014 Loralee Lillibridge rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just Wow!

It's a rare occasion when a book literally keeps me up all night. This one did just that. Fast-paced, non-stop action and tight plotting combined with characters who pull the reader deep into the story makes this book Ms. Clark's finest yet.
Karen Koger
Dec 15, 2014 Karen Koger rated it it was amazing
My Review Title as Listed on Amazon:
Explosive Thriller from Start to Finish! No Bookmark Needed!

I read at a snail’s pace. However, C. Hope Clark’s, Murder on Edisto is a page-turning thriller that hastens even the slowest reader through this labyrinth of murder and suspense so cleverly detailed with character dysfunction to keep the audience guessing.

With an explosive start, Clark hurls the reader on a roller-coaster ride of anxiety, tension, and drama. Still grieving the death of her baby dau
Janet Brantley
Jul 07, 2016 Janet Brantley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery enthusiasts, those who love books with a strong sense of place
Shelves: i-own-this
Hope Clark is one of my favorite writers. I love Southern writers, being one myself. Southerners have too often received short shrift in recent years, but there's great writing coming out of our region, and Clark's books embody some of the best contributions here.

Her first work of fiction, Lowcountry Bribe, captivated me and ensured I would read anything she writes, and Clark has not disappointed me with her later books. This new book, with Callie Morgan as a grieving widow determined to turn h
Sep 30, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing

C. Hope Clark is a new author to me and I am so happy that I discovered her! Murder on Edisto is a great book! It is well written and a flowing plot. I am a big fan of Edisto Island so the title is what initially attracted me.

Murder on Edisto comes complete with an interesting story line, believable characters and a beautiful setting. It is well written. I found that I had a hard time putting it down. The author, C. Hope Clark, kept me in suspense throughout most of the book. I suspected who the
Lisa Jahn
Dec 15, 2014 Lisa Jahn rated it it was amazing
My father told me when I was young that I could travel anywhere and experience anything with a good book. C. Hope Clark’s new book Murder on Edisto embodied that assertion. I journeyed to South Carolina and it was a riveting adventure!

I met Callie and her son Jeb in Boston and instantly felt connected to them. When I opened the book, they were having one of those mother-son banters that seemed so familiar. But I swiftly realized how different their lives were from mine. An explosion and subseque
H.W. Bernard
Jul 26, 2015 H.W. Bernard rated it it was amazing
Hope Clark's MURDER ON EDISTO is a page turner. The drama will keep you guessing until the end who the murderer is, and keep you rooting for Callie Jean Morgan, the protagonist. Callie, a former Boston Police detective, has come to the Low Country of South Carolina and settled in the bucolic island community of Edisto, hoping to right her life after a series of traumatic events in Massachusetts.

Things don't go smoothly, of course (or there's no story), and Callie quickly finds herself at the ce
Stephen Scarbrough
Nov 15, 2014 Stephen Scarbrough rated it it was amazing
I was at first disappointed that C. Hope Clark's latest novel was not about her original character, Carolina Slade (who I love), but I was quickly converted, and I could not put this book down. This is the best book she has written so far; they keep getting better and better! This story was very fast paced. You can't stop reading because events make you gasp and you have to know what happens next. Callie Morgan is flawed and she has been through a great deal when this tale begins. She and her ...more
Dwayne Keller
Nov 16, 2014 Dwayne Keller rated it it was amazing
Wow. This story starts off explosively, calms down, and then keeps you on edge the rest of the way through. The story opens with Callie's husband being killed, their house exploded and burned to the ground. Fast forward two years, and she and her teenage son move to Edisto Island to start anew. The day she moves in her neighbor and life long friend is murdered. As an ex-detective from Boston, everybody is a suspect. Well written to make you feel what she feels, and suspect everybody. Read this ...more
Mary R.
Aug 20, 2015 Mary R. rated it really liked it
We meet Boston detective Callie Morgan on the worse day of her life. When we meet her again two years later she's still swirling on the edge of losing what's left of her family and her sanity. It takes the help of her son, some new friends, and a puzzling crime spree to get her back into fighting form.

The sights and sounds of beach are very enticing for tourists and locals alike. The stage is set for an entertaining series.
Cathy Ryan
Aug 03, 2015 Cathy Ryan rated it really liked it
Well written mystery with a great setting, Edisto Beach, South Carolina. This book uses setting well including both physical landscape (beach house community) and local customs of behavior (residents with ancestral ties vs summer renters). Multiple suspects are well presented and played. Pacing was great. A good solid story for a weekend read.
June Kempf
Sep 20, 2015 June Kempf rated it really liked it

Although I enjoyed the story, I thought there were too many murders to appear believable. Loved characters and would recommend to all my mystery and beach loving friends.
Kelly Lee
Nov 02, 2016 Kelly Lee rated it it was ok
Murder on Edisto is the first book in a trilogy about Callie Morgan. Callie is a former detective for the Boston PD who has returned to the island home of her childhood after the violent death of her husband. As soon as she arrives, strange things start to happen on the island. Her neighbor is killed on her first day and it is all down hill from there. She tries to protect her son the best she can while helping the local law enforcement try to figure out who is stalking Callie and the rest of ...more
Mahala Church
Sep 26, 2016 Mahala Church rated it it was amazing
Hope Clark has a winner in her new series, The Edisto Island Mysteries. Edisto is one of my favorite places to visit, so I was looking forward to seeing how she worked the setting into the story. I was pleased to see that she painted the small beach village as the wonderful place it is, and the fictional chaos that ensued an anomaly that the protagonist brought with her.

Boston detective, Callie Jean Morgan and her son, Jeb, moved to Edisto - where her parents' have a cottage, hoping to escape th
Dec 14, 2014 Lyn rated it really liked it
If you're called to police work, and the tough investigations that are Callie's passion, then you have to be a crazy kind of tough. C. Hope Clark has given us such a character--relentless, unapologetic, and just enough messed up to feel like someone you could know. I felt Callie Jean was believable and everyone, from her wandering son, to her former good-guy boss, to her cold-fish mama, to her sage-waving neighbor, just as believable. Hope does some great world building here, and I can see every ...more
Ann Schwarz
Feb 27, 2015 Ann Schwarz rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-books
C. Hope Clark’s newest mystery and the start of a new series, Murder on Edisto is a page turner from beginning to end. The action starts in the very first chapter and continues to climb even after the murderer is revealed. Clark’s character Callie Jean Morgan has moved to Edisto Beach in South Carolina with her teenage son to escape a heartbreaking past as a police detective in Boston. It’s been two years since her husband was killed by the Russian mafia and three since she lost her infant ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Esther rated it it was amazing
Exciting Mystery From Start to Finish!

Murder On Edisto by C. Hope Clark is a fast-paced, page-turning mystery that’s almost impossible to put down.

After an explosive first chapter in which her husband is murdered by the Russian mob in Boston, the story fast forwards to two years later. Callie Morgan finds herself and her son, Jeb, moving into her family’s vacation home on Edisto Beach, a move her parents hope will help her put her life back together. But that’s not going to happen any time soon,
Valley Brown
Dec 12, 2014 Valley Brown rated it it was amazing
[FYI: I received this book as an ARC from the author and her publisher.]
“Murder on Edisto” by C. Hope Clark

A quick overview:
Fear, anger, frustration and anxiety threaten to push Callie Morgan, a once-tough police investigator over the edge of sanity. Her family can only push her to seek help so much.
Callie Morgan is a tough cookie on the outside, but her interior is an unsettled mess from the unbearable horror of knowing her husband was executed because of her job, and that only the grace of G
"She stared numb at the burning wreckage of her home as someone fussed over her. No one could have survived that explosion. Then, as if to confirm the terrible finality, she caught the reality of John's death in the sorrow of a fire fighter's eyes, the slow shake of his head to his partner. Their glances back at her." ~ C. Hope Clark, Murder on Edisto

C. Hope Clark wastes no time in pulling in the reader in Murder on Edisto. In this fast-paced mystery, readers meet Callie Jean Cantrell, a spunky,
Cindy Huff
Oct 19, 2014 Cindy Huff rated it it was amazing
C. Hope Clark’s newest release Murder on Edisto, An Edisto Island Mystery is edgy, intriguing and oh so fun. Callie Morgan is an ex-cop grieving over her husband’s death, paranoid the Russian mob is out to get revenge and desperate to find a place of normalcy for her teenage son, Jeb.
The setting of Edisto Island is polar opposite to the turmoil going on inside of Callie. A former Boston Detective Callie Morgan struggles to rebuild her life after he husband was murdered by the Russian mob. Edist
Matt Jerdan
Jan 03, 2015 Matt Jerdan rated it it was amazing
Callie Jean Morgan is an ex-detective in Boston rebuilding her life on Edisto Island with her son after losing both her husband and infant daughter. But before she has a chance to unpack and settle into her new home, a murder followed by multiple break ins to her surrounding neighbors leave Callie chasing ghosts and questioning her ability to protect her family.

Clark excels with the story's conflict. Callie, with her big-city police experience, often butts heads with the local sheriff and small
Skye Taylor
Feb 28, 2016 Skye Taylor rated it it was amazing
C Hope Clark has given us a fabulous, edge-of-your-seat ride in this lush, salt-tanged South Carolina beach novel. Callie Jean Morgan returns, somewhat reluctantly, to the beach home of her youth after she had moved far away to carve out a career for herself and a life that wasn’t ordained by her strong-willed mother. She was a top rate detective in Boston with a husband and son she loved fiercely when her life fell apart in one horrific night. Still adrift in grief and unable to pull her life ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from the author, and I must say that I read it in just 3 nights. This pleasant mystery kept me guessing til the end - I must have suspected every male character in the book at one time or another. I really liked the character of Callie, and sympathized with her struggles in recovering from two very personal tragedies while unofficially investigating the murder of a friend and some bizarre neighborhood crimes.

It's hard to write a good review of the b
Jan Coad
Oct 11, 2014 Jan Coad rated it it was amazing
MURDER ON EDISTO, by C. Hope Clark was quite the page-turner. I really didn't want to put it down at night, but my husband finally insisted, as he had to work in the morning. I completed the book over two days & highly recommend you add it to your to-be-read pile!

Callista Jean Morgan, or Callie, didn't look back after college. She left her southern roots for Boston where she married, had a child and became Sergeant Detective at the Boston Police Department. She's good at her job and has made
Teresa LaBella
May 29, 2016 Teresa LaBella rated it really liked it
Complex plot. Twists, turns and surprises to the unpredictable end. Large cast of quirky, sinister, shady, frazzled, hardcore characters caught in an out of control maelstrom with an emotionally damaged ex-detective at its center.
If this teaser whets your appetite for mystery, "Murder on Edisto" will more than satisfy.
Seasoned murder mystery author C. Hope Clark begins this novel literally with a bang. Callie Morgan's tenuous coping hold on life, already shaken by the death of her infant daught
Nov 20, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing
Following her husband's murder in Boston by the Russian mafia, Callista Jean Cantrell, Callie, quits her detective job with Boston P.D. and moves back to her parent's home in South Carolina. The parents deed her their vacation home on Edisto Island so that she and her son Jeb can rebuild their lives, but things do not go according to plan.

Upon arrival at their new home, Callie discovers her next-door neighbor murdered. As a former detective, Callie is ready to find the killer. But she's got the
Apr 06, 2016 Sharee rated it really liked it
Murder on Edisto by C. Hope Clark is the first of Ms. Clark’s books that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to (I had the audiobook). It’s a fast paced thriller mystery that will keep you intrigued.
Callie Morgan is a tough ex-Boston Detective who has been thrown off her game. Forced to accept the murder of her husband, she takes a reprieve to Edisto Beach, hoping to regain her footing with her only son. But trouble only follows her and she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation a
Melissa Meske
Oct 21, 2014 Melissa Meske rated it it was amazing
Once again, C. Hope Clark has written a murder mystery masterpiece. MURDER ON EDISTO is a must read for anyone who wants to get lost in its pages and be caught up in the suspense until the very end. This author has a writing style that is very conversational, down-to-earth, and easy to read. The characters, the plot, and the storyline are all very believable. Using pieces of fact to unfold the pieces of this fictional story helps the reader to identify with it, from its main character in Callie ...more
Michanne Reese
Nov 22, 2014 Michanne Reese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Buckle up tight and secure your protective gear! C. Hope Clark’s “Murder on Edisto” catapults into action from the onset and does not pause allowing barely a breath throughout. At one point my Hubby kicked me out of bed because I was shaking so hard and refused to put the book down long enough to get up and go to the bathroom!

As with her Carolina Slade Mysteries, Clark has developed a cast of characters we can all recognize from our lives with a strong, damaged, but resilient, lady in the lead.
Trula Rae
Dec 01, 2014 Trula Rae rated it it was amazing
While reading MURDER ON EDISTO it struck me how seamless this story flowed from the first page to the last. C. Hope Clark has become a master of the murder mystery genre, and just a damn good (great!) writer.

Her protagonist, Callie Jean Cantrell, is a Boston detective. A good one. Good enough to bring down a Russian mobster. Unfortunately, this brings unfathomable wrath back on her family, nearly destroying her sanity. She feels like her job caused her husbands death, and threatens any chance a
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C. Hope Clark was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. The granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, Hope holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to include awards for her management, all of which enable her to talk the talk of Carolina ...more
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