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Edisto Tidings

(The Edisto Island Mysteries #6)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  33 reviews

When the discovery of a body on a vacant lot puts an end to Police Chief Callie Morgan’s surprise birthday party, Christmas week loses some of its charm. Not only does she know the dead man, he’s a relation . . . of sorts.

Soon she’s juggling a murder investigation and a rash of burglaries that may have been committed by the mythical Edisto Santa—a holiday secret Santa/>

Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published October 21st 2019
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'How many rants have I endured, with you talking about wanting to kill this person, kill that person, kill anyone who got in your way?' Her hand stopped at Callie. 'Like her?'

Callie only raised a brow, switching her focus from Aberdeen to Brice.

'I never said I'd kill anybody,' he said to Callie.

'Like hell you didn't!' Aberdeen yelled. Her voice was stuck on high volume. 'Shooting, drowning, electrocuting ' - she turned to Callie still counting - 'and don't forget poisoning
Bonnie Tharp
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clark never disappoints and this new novel is no exception. Chief Callie Morgan has her hands full for the holidays. A handsome new restauranteur with a past. Edisto Santa has decided to steal gifts this year. And the dead body found in the councilman’s lot, well let’s just say his death isn’t simple to solve. If you enjoy a good mystery with rich characters you’ll love this one.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes please, take me to Edisto Island; it sounds like a fascinating place. Edisto Tidings is the 6th book in the series. I have read several of the previous ones, but that's not at all necessary since the author fills in needed background information very early in the book. The action starts on page 1.

It's a week before Christmas and it's Police Chief Callie's surprise birthday party at the new Mexican restaurant on the island. This gives the reader a chance to meet most of the import
Shelley Robinson
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Southern Mystery with a Christmas Twist

C. Hope Clark is the master of getting right into the action of a story and not slowing down. In this installment of The Edisto Island Mysteries, Callie Jean Morgan's surprise birthday party is interrupted by the discovery of a body on a vacant lot owned by her biggest critic. She soon has her hands full investigating that death along with a string of petty thefts tied to a long-standing Edisto tradition. She goes into non-stop investigative mode while
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike other books I have read, this one sets it's pace from the first paragraph and drives on without halting. Many books take at least a third of the book to really get into. I didn't have that problem with Edisto Tidings. Each character (even the minor ones) were vibrant and real. Callie, Stan, Sophie and all of the other characters on the island were like onions with each layer revealing them more. It was as though I took each step with Callie and was allowed to understand her emotion.I felt ...more
Patricia Romero
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
The Edisto Island Mysteries #6

Police Chief Callie Morgan is back with another mystery to solve. It's almost Christmas and Callie is busy getting ready for her son to come home and making sure the Island is safe. The tourists have gone home and things are pretty quiet with just the residents and a few families coming in for a holiday at the beach.

It's also Callie's birthday and her surprise party is just that! A surprise party at the new restaurant in town whose owner is q
Jerry L.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Christmas! I have my own Christmas corner in my library so I can celebrate Christmas year round. But I must admit, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to accept hard-ass Callie having her “It’s a Wonderful Life” epiphany, and taking a week off to celebrate the holiday. But C. Hope Clark didn’t disappoint. The Halls may have been decked throughout Edisto, but Callie worked right through it. So I got my little taste of Christmas that I needed, but didn’t have to see Callie change. Most ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edisto Tidings by C. Hope Clark is cozy, but also one of the best books in the series. Chief Callie Morgan is called from her birthday early to find a body in a lot owned by someone who she's clashed with many times. Now she is left with a case to wrap up by Christmas and there are no leads except for a string of burglaries that may or may not tie in. Will she be able to crack the case and still spend Christmas with her son? In this installment, as a long-time reader of the series, I found Calli ...more
George Newport
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C Hope Clark is at it again. Her books are addictive and the only antidote is another book. Angela Landsbury and C Hope Clark are in competition for who has the largest trail of dead bodies. Living in Edisto can be hazardous to your health. Edisto may be a Federal Disaster Area. You will not live forever on Edisto Island. There is only one bridge off the island. It is not safe neither. Edisto is loaded with suspects. The statue in the middle of town may be the killer. I ain't telling and I know. ...more
Deb Marshall
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read both of C. Hope Clark’s series and her books just keep getting better and better. Edisto Tidings is a page-turner I couldn’t put down, beginning it and ending it in one day! The premise is clever and the plot intriguing. You never know what is going to happen next to Callie, the residents and guests on Edisto Island during what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. The ending leaves you waiting for Book Seven in Hope’s Edisto Island Mysteries.

If you’ve read boo
Rebecca Gernon
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is the 6th in a series. I have not read any of the other Edisto Island Mysteries, (I have read Carolina Slade mysteries) so it was difficult for me to come up to speed on all the characters. A dozen characters and snippets of back their story were introduced in the first 6 pages which was a bit daunting. That said the book is well written, and the story progresses at an easy to read speed. The story reads like a cozy mystery since all the action takes place on an island, and the body i ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

This was a good book with which to spend an afternoon. It was an easy read and made sense as the storyline went along. I found the writing a little simplistic though. It seemed to take off in tangents that really had nothing to do with the main story. I would almost call it a cozy.

It is a police procedural that focuses on a woman police chief on a small island off the coast of the US. Everyone knows everyone and during the summer there is a boom in population due to the touri
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what a fun read! I love this series and wait anxiously for each new book. Edisto Tidings did not disappoint. I could not put it down, as the story intrigued me and kept me guessing all the way through. Callie Jean Morgan is the perfectly flawed protagonist, who I just adore. So relatable, likable, capable, and human. New characters made appearances, and smaller players from the series took center stage this time around. While this is a standalone story, I loved how the history and various ...more
Debbie Hyler
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C. Hope Clark has another great story!
The latest Edisto Beach series continues to weave great characters with a solid story! Clark captures the interest of the reader and maintains it throughout the book. She does a great job of describing scenes in great detail and also gives vibrant descriptions of her characters. With this book six in the series, she maintains a strong story, adds some new characters and keeps the suspense alive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for her nex
Carmen Vande Stroet
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I've never been to Edisto but feel as if I have lived there from reading this series. The characters are so well developed, and Edisto Tidings just added more depth to each one. It's like stopping by to visit old friends page after page, and the story pulls you in so quickly that before you know it your turning the last page. C. Hope Clark has taken Callie back from a dark edge bringing a suspenseful story, drawing you into the world of Edisto that has you exploring, wondering and fa ...more
Darlene White
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C.Hope Clark really outdone herself with this book. It keeps you wanting more. Make sure you have plenty of time when you sit down to read this, because you won’t want to put it down. I read this in 2 half days, my hubby said he couldn’t believe I read it so fast. Never read any book this fast. Just loved it and felt like I was there with Callie. That is what I love about this author, she makes you feel like you are in this story. Love love love this book! Love this author!
Skye Taylor
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading this book before it came out and it was another great Callie Morgan adventure. Trying to get into the spirit of Christmas while unexplained thefts keep happening threatens to make Callie the Grinch of Edisto Beach and alienating everyone she cares about - don't miss it.
John Waite
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
High Tide on Edisto

The taste of C. Hope Clark’s Edisto Tidings will linger for a while.
This complex story gets off to a quick start when Sheriff Callie’s birthday party gets interrupted when the body of a well-known resident of the island community turns up in a vacant lot. The death could be accidental. Or not. But the investigation it precipitates finds more twists and turns than are apparent in the roadmaps of the little Carolina tourist town. And it unveils a legendary Edisto ch
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to C. Hope Clark for sending me this paperback in exchange for a truthful review. Although this is the sixth book in the Edisto Island Mystery series and I haven’t read any of the previous titles, I loved this one. It stood alone well, but also gave me a taste of what I’ve missed in the previous books, making me want to read them all.

Police Chief Callie Morgan is not only surprised by an impromptu birthday party for herself, but also when it’s cut short because a body is fo
Stephanie Gillett
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(free copy provided in return for an honest review) I have long been interested in checking out C. Hope Clark’s Edisto books – I love a strong female character and every story synopsis in the Edisto series promises to deliver. Jumping into Edisto Tidings, I got several strong female characters and a couple of hours of great entertainment! In this one, there’s murder, there’s the “island tradition” of an Edisto Santa that leaves Christmas goodies for the less fortunate, and Edisto Island police c ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C. Hope Clark reminds us why we fell in love with Chief Callie Morgan in the first place. Our emotionally intelligent heroine is in touch with both her strengths and weaknesses while chasing after her personal and professional integrity. With that same tenacity she seeks justice for her friends and foes alike. As a reader I felt invited to move in closer to see how Chief Callie would choose to fill the emptiness in her life and allow herself to wrestle a bit internally with the sting of it. I qu ...more
Vivian Zabel
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Delightful Read

I enjoyed reading a book with a woman law enforcement officer who doesn't use so much profanity that the men seem Puritan in language. The storyline is enjoyable and enticing. The characters believable. I read the whole book in one sitting. The book has plenty of adventure, excitement, and mystery. When I read a mystery, I try to discover the culprit before the detective or police do. In Edisto Tidings, I had my suspicions with the scattering of clues, but C. Hope Cl
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every Edisto book brings us further into the life of Chief Callie. It is not required reading of every book in order to understand all the references to her past, but it helps. It was slow going at first, and I admit to skipping ahead to see if I could get a clue as to the culprit, but then it pulled me in and I finished it quickly.
Contains the usual cast of offbeat characters, with the addition of newbie restaurant owner Mark - possible future love interest for Callie? (For Callie's sanity ple
Elaine Richardson
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for the next Callie Morgan adventure at Edisto Beach to be released, and this latest one did not disappoint! I fell in love with this series because of my love for Edisto and because I appreciate local fiction by talented southern female authors. Vivid descriptions and accurate landmarks make Clark’s books such fun to read. (But don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Edisto, if you love a good mystery, you will enjoy this book. And you may even decide to visit Edisto to see ...more
Olivia Pariset
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C. Hope Clark continues to give us the perfect storm, with Callie Morgan dead center.

Callie is torn between her job, what’s socially expected, her family and friends, those she knows and loves...and those she doesn’t. Can she stand up for what’s right or will she have to look the other way to save the spirit of Christmas? She learns who her friends are in the midst of the storm and who she truly can rely on when the stakes are high.

Edisto Tiddings is a well written story that makes
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Callie Morgan is all set for a calm Christmas on Edisto Island. That is until her surprise birthday party when she is called away suddenly because a dead body is found. Then some of the tourists staying on the island for Christmas are missing some of their Christmas presents. Callie is racing around trying to figure out who is stealing Christmas presents and who murdered Ben. There are some surprises along the way. Did Edisto Santa steal the presents? What is the new restaurant owner hiding? As ...more
Betsy Crawford
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed book 6 of the Edisto Island Mystery series. Of course, I started with book 1 which I think is important but not absolutely necessary. Next, I read book 2 and then skipped to 6, “Edisto Tidings.” I appreciated the pace of the plot and the excellent character development. The story is not overly “Christmas-y” if that’s something you’re concerned about. If you enjoy mysteries this series is great and centers around police detective Callie Morgan, who leaves Boston after a devas ...more
Elaine Hall
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C. Hope Clark, in Edisto Tidings, has again given the reader a mystery that will keep them guessing till the end. It is Christmas week and Edisto Chief of Police, Callie, is faced not only with a string of Robin Hood burglaries from the homes of residents but also from some of the beach rentals. While dealing with these Callie is faced with the death of a long time Edisto resident. Callie's preparations for Christmas must wait while she works day and night to solve these crimes. Once again Hope ...more
Cindy Huff
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A dead body is just what is needed to make Callie’s Christmas perfect. Edisto Tidings was such a fun read. I enjoyed seeing her nemesis get his comeuppance, yet I still felt sorry for him. Hope Clark writing skills shine as readers follow the police investigation of a dead body. As always there are lots of interesting threads and unexpected twists and a new hot guy in town. Callie continues to change and overcome her own emotional upheaval she brought with her to Edisto when she first arriv ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Best Edisto Book Yet

You would think Christmas week on the island would be calm and quiet. And doesn't Edisto Santa sound like a nice guy? Unfortunately, it's not and he isn't. There's a dead body, a mysterious new man in town, family coming home for Christmas...

Chief Callie isn't getting any sleep, and not everyone appreciates her investigating the sudden crime spree.

Familiar characters show growth and development. Some good and others not so good. The new guy h
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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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The Edisto Island Mysteries (6 books)
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