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Murder on Edisto

(The Edisto Island Mysteries #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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 04, 2014 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 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.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
The book blurb and the high ratings given by so many other readers rather baited me into trying out this book. Unfortunately, this was a complete waste of my time. This story is filled with awful characters and the plot progressed at an excruciatingly slow pace. Not that I was unsympathetic to Callie’s situation, but honestly, I couldn’t warm up to her. Nor could I warm up to the community of Edisto beach; what a bunch of superficial nitwits and badly behaving people.
I’m sorry to say this serie
Tomi L.  Wiley
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I have only become interested in mysteries in the last few years, but I know a great book when I read one - and Hope Clark's Murder on Edisto is a great book.

I'm a loyal fan of Southern literature, so being set on an idyllic South Carolina lowland island immediately caught my attention. But it's Clark's deftly crafted characters, with their unique quirks and flaws, histories and haunts, kept me up late whispering to myself "Just one more chapter." Clark's main character, Callie Jean
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
This is a well written and fast paced Southern Mystery. It is easy to get to know the characters and identify with them like family members.

Chapter one jumps right into the action and it seldom slows down. C. Hope Clark makes you feel like you are right there on Edisto Island with Callie. There were no easy answers or obvious plot points. I was guessing and trying to piece together clues until the end.

I look forward to the rest of the series.
Toni Kief
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read, the characters are excellent, with their own demons like in real life. Plenty of twists and turns. Kept me up even though I need my sleep.
Matthew Cost
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and fast-paced read on Edisto Beach, which is a slow-moving town. Colorful characters and twisting plot fill out the mix.
Cheryl Barker
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well-written page-turning mystery that kept me guessing the whole way through. In addition, it's filled with a wide variety of well-developed characters -- another thing that keeps me reading a novel. And of course now I'm wondering what happens with the two main characters in the next book in the series :)

Note: This is a general market book so for those who prefer Christian fiction, just a heads-up that it contains some R-rated language and two or three sexual situations.
Dec 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
too many murders, didn't care about characters or their many dramas. ...more
Maria Cox
Murder on Edisto (MoE) by C. Hope Clark is the first book in the Edisto Island series and my first book by Ms. Clark.

After the violent death of her husband, John, Callie Morgan – a Boston PD detective –falls into a deep depression.

Callie suspects that she and her family were the targets of the Russian mafia. The year-long case she’d been working has now turned very personal. Riddled with grief and guilt Callie resigns from the police force. Soon thereafter Callie spirals out of control. S
Dec 15, 2014 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
May 21, 2015 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 29, 2014 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 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 23, 2015 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
Nov 15, 2014 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 so ...more
Dwayne Keller
Nov 16, 2014 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 e ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I bought this at a local bookstore on Edisto Beach, wanting to support both the bookstore and a local author and not expecting a great deal from the book. The bonus was that it is actually quite a good old-fashioned whodunnit with plenty of characters and a liberal amount of red herrings dropped along the way. There were some loose ends left hanging and a few plot slip-ups, but nothing that some judicious editing couldn't clear up. I will read the rest of her series so I can vicariously enjoy th ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm a South Carolina native and familiar with Edisto, so it was fun to read a mystery with a local setting. However, the story doesn't bring anything new or exciting. It's a standard mystery plot, predominately cliched. I knew within the 1st 20 pages who the killer was. I'm not saying it was obvious but it's not hard to figure out either. If you figure out the identity of the killer early on, the red herrings become dull and plot holes start to expose themselves.

I'd still recommend this for any
Mary Davidsaver
Aug 20, 2015 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 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 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.
Jeanne Felfe
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read mysteries, but met this author at a conference and simply had to read it. I'm really glad I did. Not only was this a great story with characters I cared about, I've found a place I'd like to travel to. I'll be reading another in this series very soon. ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a mystery. There's the muckity-mucks, the regular folks, the permanent residents, the vacationers. C. Hope Clark does a great job portraying a long list of complex characters easily recognizable by the reader in this can't-put-it-down mystery. ...more
Lee Carey
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Murder on Edisto, C. Hope Clark introduces her lead character brilliantly by giving the reader all the baggage that comes along with detective Callie Morgan in the first chapter. We then dive right into Callie’s life nearly three years later and it is apparent she does not have it together yet. Callie struggles with the death of her husband; complicated by being a result of her job. She is tormented by the unresolved relationship she and her husband ended with; never having dealt with the dea ...more
Marika P.  Elliott
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading "Murder on Edisto" (The Edisto Island Mysteries, No.1) by C. Hope Clark and loved it -- because it was about the Low Country, about the beach, its longtime residents, and also about law enforcement. You name it. She had me with every single ingredient that makes for a suspenseful mystery. It is not just the tight plotting that makes for a great "who-done-it", but the well developed characters and the attention to setting. The main character, Callie Jean Morgan, spent much ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This well-written and highly readable mystery/thriller is marred only by the fact that it begins with a formulaic set-up for novels of its genre: A tough-as nails woman, who went north for her career, experiences a devastating personal loss, escapes from continued threats to herself and her son, and runs home to her parents low country town in South Carolina for recuperation and solace only to find herself caught in the middle of a crime spree.

No sooner has she moved in to her family's long-time
Robin E. Mason
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: For my followers who read only clean Christian fiction, there are several instances of swear language, and one scene in particular that gets pretty steamy.
Having started reading this series with Book #3 or 4, it’s fun to go back and see how it all started. I mean, I knew Callie had issues, but to witness how they started—I just wanna give her a great big HUG! I felt for Callie, with attacks—and not just physical—coming from every side, even within her own mind as memories torment.
Grace Tierney
Jul 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
As a long-time fan of C Hope Clark's excellent writing newsletter (Funds For Writers) it was about time I delved into her novels and as expected I was not disappointed.

Callie Jean Morgan is a woman with issues galore. Her job as a police detective in Boston led to the murder of her husband two years earlier. Now, thanks to her wealthy parents, she has inherited a beach house on the beautiful Edisto Island - a space to heal and to prepare her teenage son Jeb for his departure for college in the
Elaine  Hall
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
C. Hope Clark has given the reader a flawed but likable heroine in her new book, Murder on Edisto. If you have enjoyed The Carolina Slade series, then you will soon fall in love with Callie.
Callie returns to her childhood home of South Carolina where she settles into her family's home on Edisto Island with her son. She is looking for some peace in her life in the quiet town of Edisto Beach after the devastating loss of her husband and baby daughter. She soon discovers that Edisto Beach is not s
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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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