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SWEET AND DEADLY
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Fans of Harris's popular Sookie Stackhouse series may be disappointed to find this reissued debut novel offers no trace of her comic or paranormal story-spinning talents. But it's a credible mystery -- slightly reminiscent of Karin Slaughter or Greg Iles' Southern-set chillers -- about dirty little secrets in small towns, and the heroine, Cat, is an admirable, strong woman.
Six months after her parents' deaths in a car crash, Catherine Linton is back in her Mississippi hometown, living a hermit-like existence. When she discovers the murdered body of Leona Gaites, the elderly woman who worked as her doctor father's nurse for years, she soon realizes her parents' deaths were not accidental. When she discovers that some of her father's medical files might be missing, it's up to Cat to sleuth out who has them, what secrets they contain -- and if someone would be desperate enough to kill for them. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Mar., 304 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Tara Gelsomino
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Published: March 2007