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Tidewater Murder (Caroline Slade Mystery Series #2)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  127 ratings  ·  56 reviews
In the deep waters off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina, corpses are turning up faster than dolphins chasing a shrimp boat . . .

When federal agricultural investigator Carolina Slade's best friend is suspected of embezzlement and fraud in a sordid case involving drugs and migrant slavery, Slade must question her own long-held loyalties. She's desperate to believe in Sa
Paperback, 290 pages
Published April 24th 2013 by Bell Bridge Books (first published April 18th 2013)
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May 12, 2013 Lyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
I ate up another Hope Clark mystery this weekend, and again, let me state I'm not a mystery reader. This reader of Jane Austen and Kiran Desai and Amy Walden (literary, international, etc) found out about Hope's fiction through her Funds for Writers newsletter and decided to take a risk on her stories. It's no risk whatsoever. In this sequel, Carolina Slade proves she's flesh and blood lifting off the pages, making me alternately cheer her on and want to cuss her out. "Slade, what are you doing? ...more
Warren Thurston
Sequels, all authors know are hard to do. Readers expect the second book to duplicate the same passion, tension and quality of writing. To have this expectation placed upon them can send some writers into the depths of despair. This did not happen to C. Hope Clark with her second novel, Tidewater Murder. It has surpassed the brilliance of its sibling and blossomed into a classic thriller in its own right.

The book follows the random path of the latest case Carolina Slade finds herself entwined in
Mysteries are my guilty pleasure. I want to be immediately engaged and entertained. But when I pick up this genre, I still want to learn something interesting. In Tidewater Murder, the author exactly fit my bill. It’s obvious that law enforcement and investigations come directly out of her background, and I gained some interesting tidbits on the Gullah tradition and agricultural practices I knew nothing about. Plus, her characters came to life with all their foibles exposed. Warning: This is a p ...more
* I received a free copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the 2nd book in the Carolina Slade mysteries and this one finds Slade promoted and living in Columbia, South Carolina. When her best friend Savannah is accused of wrong-doing, Slade sets out to find the truth. And gets into trouble along the way. Like the first novel in the series, I enjoyed the setting and Slade's spunky personality. However, the book a little slow going and Slade's stubbornness g
It's official, Carolina Slade, or just Slade is my new new mystery heroine. I liked her in Lowcountry Bribe but loved her in this offering. I love southern literature and am in awe of the diversity in cultures the regions possess. This story is in the low country, one of my favorite regions because of the Gullah culture and the marshlands. Slade is quite the southern-bred lady, but fiercely independent and sharp-tongue and with sharp wit, a southern cross between Lucy and Miss Marple. Look forwa ...more
Normally I like to savor my mysteries. I restrict myself to reading one or two chapters a day. I can afford to do that since I feel like I have either purchased or borrowed nearly every American or British mystery ever written since 1974; I don’t feel in as much of a hurry to read every mystery ever written.
Having stated all this, I just want to say that I found it impossible to stick to my two chapter a day reading rule while reading Tidewater Murder by C. Hope Clark. Clark’s narrative flows l
Jeanie Bread
When I started reading this book, Tidewater Murder, I realized that it seemed as though a commentator was describing the story background while the characters each had their own voice. The scenery descriptions and historical elements were authentic to Columbia, South Carolina, and its surrounding area. I was impressed by the author’s knowledge of, not only farming, but authenticity of southern colloquial expressions, as opposed to the northeast version I am familiar with.
Spade, responsible for i
Skye Taylor
What a fun ride this book was. I love Slade - probably because there is so much in me that is mirrored in her, both good and bad. She is fiercely loyal, never goes at anything half way, but throughs her heart into it full tilt. She's got her share of problems, being a single mom of a boy desperate for a man's touch and a daughter who desperately wants to be a teenager is only part of her personal challenge, she also has two men who have feelings for her, one she always considered a friend, the o ...more
Janae Schiele

This is the second installment in the Carolina Slade Mystery series. I have not read the first installment, but found that this book stood enough on its own to enjoy it without reading the first one.

Obviously reviews are a personal opinion so some of this may not apply to you, but it really affected my ability to enjoy the book. There was way too much profanity. While some writers think that having their characters curse all the time makes them seem more realistic, I think it makes them seem mor
Melissa Crockett Meske
As a bona-fide premiere mystery author, Clark’s writing style is a straight-forward, shoot-from-the-hip read that leaves both nothing and everything to the imagination. The author clearly strikes a balance between fact and fiction, and that balance comes out in black and white on every page. While not yet having read the first in this series of Carolina Slade mysteries, following the story from page 1 to page 278 was no trouble at all. The story’s main character, Carolina Slade, is a federal agr ...more
It is often hard to enjoy a sequel without having read the previous books. This is not the case with C. Hope Clark's Tidewater Murder, the second book in her Tidewater Carolina Slade Mystery Series. The book rebuilds the personal life of Slade as she moves her two children following the death of her husband and a promotion to new town. Simultaneously, she receives news that her best friend, Savvy, who is also an employee of the Department of Agriculture, office is under an audit. Savvy is also p ...more
In this second volume in the Carolina Slade mystery series, author Hope Clarke hones her skills as a novelist with great plotting, consistent character development, and a microscopic look at a world most of us know nothing about.

Clark is a former 25-year employee of the US Department of Agriculture, her husband a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement. So it follows that her protagonist, Carolina Slade, is a rural loan manager for USDA. When her best friend, a loan manager in another county,
Tidewater Murder is #2 in the Carolina Slade series by C. Hope Clark. I was late to the party, and unfortunately am reading the series in reverse order, having started with Palmetto Poison, which is #3. I really enjoyed Tidewater Murder, and would love to do an in-depth analysis of this book, but will forgo the pleasure because I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun before they read the book. In the spirit of full-disclosure, a signed copy of this book was given to me by Hope Clark to review, but sh ...more
Having finished C. Hope Clark’s first spell bounding mystery, Low Country Bribe showcasing its heroine Carolina Slade, I pined for more for more. My expectation was not to be denied.

The excitement as I opened the package containing Tidewater Murder was palatable. From the first paragraph in Tidewater Murder , “Savannah Conroy was one of the sharpest,” to the final … “As I listened to the soothing sounds…” I was a willing prisoner to the mysteries unfolding.

There is a enchantment, and true mystic
Marci Martin
It is hard to put down “Tidewater Murder”, the second book in the Carolina Slade mystery series. Author C Hope Clark writes with a fast-paced, page-a-minute style that keeps the story moving and the reader on edge. Every word, every sentence drives the story forward. As a follow up to “Lowcountry Bribe”, it builds on the suspense, crackling with anticipation in both plot and character.

Best friends, romantic interest with a professional conflict and single motherhood blend seamlessly in the prof
Nancy H Vest
Tidewater Murder was a pleasant read for several reasons. The violence isn't overly graphic, but still makes it clear as to what is/has happened. The 'colorful' language is kept to a minimum, so that it's impactful when used. Also the characters are appropriately developed according to their part in the story (main vs. secondary).

Each character has specific traits unique to the character. For example, Carolina Slade uses nicknames for people like calling her Senior Special Agent boyfriend 'lawm
Veronica Bergschneider
Hope Clark's Tidewater Murder gives the reader another page-turner mystery in the Carolina Slade series. From beginning to end, the action never stops. Action comes both physically and emotionally in this book, giving it a more human quality than most mysteries.

Carolina Slade’s friendship with co-worker Savannah Conroy at the state Agriculture office takes the first test, which continues throughout the story. Others try repeatedly to remove Slade from the case due to her friendship, but she purs
Kirsten Silven
Tidewater Murder, the second Carolina Slade novel by author C. Hope Great read with a well-developed setting, gripping plot and believable characters!

Clark, exceeds expectations and takes readers on a colorful journey into Slade's world as a federal agricultural investigator in the sequel to A Lowcountry Bribe.

The plot takes off when the heroine's best friend is suspected of fraud, challenging Slade's faith in her friend and her professional obligations. I fell in love with the characters from t
K.J. Pierce
C. Hope Clark’s Tidewater Murder finds Carolina Slade immersed in a far-reaching mystery that begins with an investigation into questionable loan paperwork that appears to finger her long-time friend Savannah as the culprit. Called on to investigate, Carolina has to navigate her friendship with Savvy, her relationship with Wayne Largo who has come in with the strong arm of the law, and her “what the hell is it anyway?” relationship with her co-worker Monroe and care for her children all while fi ...more
Tidewater Murder is the second book in C. Hope Clark’s Carolina Slade novels. I have to say that I think it is even better than the first novel, Lowcountry Bribe. Her characters are spot-on and full of personality. Each one of them is a fully drawn person that you think you might recognize if you ever saw them in South Carolina. Specifically well done is Slade herself. She’s not perfect, nor does she aspire to be. She goes and gets herself into a muddle because she reacts without thinking a prob ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Tidewater Murder by C. Hope Clark has a lot of strengths. This book is a uniquely-crafted mystery set in Beaufort, North Carolina with a strong female heroine. I think a lot of people will enjoy her book, but I would like to give an honest review from my perspective.

Some of my favorite parts of this book include:
-- The atmospheric setting. The environment cues and setting imagery makes me want to visit Beaufort!
-- Strong characterization. Slade is incisive, stubborn, tenacious--but also a ver
May 11, 2013 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any reader who loves a well-crafted mystery with a strong woman protagonist
Some friends are as close as sisters. Others closer. Like melt on ice, or your first gasp of breath rising up from a river baptism. Carolina Slade, federal agriculture investigator, considers Savannah Conroy such a friend -- and Savvy’s in trouble. Falsified signatures on a six-figure farm loan, embezzlement, missing tomato crops and murder. The kind of trouble that leads straight to federal prison. Do not pass GO. Do not...

Humph! Not if Slade can help it.

A tornado of wit and warmth, wisecrackin
Full disclosure: I'm a Hope Clark fan. I've followed her Funds for Writers site and newsletter for years, and I love her editorials and voice. Her advice to writers is always sensible and right on, and I treasure that newsletter in my inbox! I absolutely loved her Shy Writer Reborn too, and when she came out with her first novel, Lowcountry Bribe, I was thrilled. It was a page-turner! The second in the series, Tidewater Murder, was also well-written. Clark is adept at narrating a story with skil ...more
Matthew Jackson
I don't know C. Hope Clark personally - I've never had much correspondence with her or met her in person. But I have, for several years now, received her emails "Funds for Writers," which I highly recommend for any aspiring author. The emails contain advice, inspiring stories, announcements of various literary competitions, and also a listing of some publications that are looking for submissions of various sorts. With all the work Mrs. Clark has done helping other writers, I've wanted to read he ...more
Linda Yezak
Hope comes at her mystery from a different direction--not from professional law enforcement or from amateur sleuths, but from the direction of a federal investigator from the Department of Agriculture. Yep, this story took place in the world of tomatoes. And who knew how nerve-racking tomato crops could be?

When the papers for a loan sport different signatures, Slade's best friend, an ag agent in Beaufort, SC, becomes suspected of embezzlement and fraud. Slade investigates, intent on proving her
Elizabeth Ducie
This is the second in the Carolina Slade series of mysteries and anyone who’s read my review of Lowcountry Bribe will know how highly I rate Hope’s writing (not to mention the generous support she gives to writers everywhere). Her second novel does not disappoint.

Carolina Slade is moving home, with her two children, hoping to leave behind memories of a bad husband who turned out to be really dangerous. A call from co-worker and friend Savvy pitches Slade into another mystery, more danger and fur
Anna Metcalf
I'm not generally a mystery reader, but I've read both of the Carolina Slade mysteries so far in this series and have enjoyed them both immensely.

Hope Clark has her finger on the pulse of a very special and unique region of the United States, a region that I love very much. She manages to blend intrigue, excitement, murder, motherhood, ghosts, social issues, and FBI agents into a story that I couldn't put down until the last page.

She also takes a paper pushing character (something I can relate t
Dana Mitchell
What a great book! I have fallen in love with Carolina Slade! This second book stands well on its own without having read the first book. tidewater Murder has it all, adventure, mystery, humor and a little romace to top it off! I enjoyed reading this book very much and am looking forward to more from the series to come!
Anne Belov
Having first come across C Hope Clark through her Funds for Writers site, I was a little wary of starting a new series of mysteries by an author I only knew from her essays on the Funds for Writers newsletter.

No worries here. I took Lowcountry Bribe on a trip to Italy and could hardly put it down, despite the attractions of Florence. It is full of action, creepy villains, and complex characters. She leaves you hanging till the end, as far as knowing exactly who all the good guys (and bad guys) a
Stephen Scarbrough
I read C. Hope Clark's first book, Lowcountry Bribe, because I saw it on the "Daily Kindle Deal." I figured that with $1.99 you could not go wrong. I was not sure I was interested in agriculture, but I started it.....and then was astounded at how good it was. I could not put it down. This second installment does not disappoint! Carolina Slade is a complex character. You wish you were friends with her. She is tough, sassy, strong, and yet at times, vulnerable. When her best friend is under scruti ...more
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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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Caroline Slade Mystery Series (3 books)
  • Lowcountry Bribe
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