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Summer of Pearls
by Mike Blakely (Goodreads Author)
Ben Crowell remembers the Great Caddo Lake Pearl Rush of 1874. He was fourteen that year, and his home, the riverboat community of Port Caddo, was dying. By the end of the summer, the pearl boom was over, Port Caddo was doomed, and the mystery over who killed Judd Kelso began. It took Ben forty years to solve the mystery, and once he did, the proof came only for him to wit ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 2nd 2000 by Forge Books
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I found this book in the dollar store and bought it because the author is from Marble Falls. I took it to the beach because it was the perfect size to read over the weekend. I knew nothing about it. I was so surprised! It was such a good read. I could hardly put it down. It had the right among of history, a murder mystery and a love story. It was well told by a true Texan. It reminded me of a Larry McMurtry novel. I will be looking for other books by this author. He is such a good storyteller!
Wonderful tale of the deep bayou south after the civil war, without pandering to the obvious topic of Reconstruction. The characters are colorful and believable, and I would like to read more about the story of Carol Ann and Billy Treat. Where did they go when they left Caddo Lake?