Thursday, May 14, 2015

Book Review - Southern Heat by David Burnsworth

Southern Heat  
Hardcover: 304 pages  
Publisher: Five Star; first edition (February 19, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1432828004 E-Book ASIN: B00IF9FAKS

Gunshots echo down an antebellum Charleston alley. Brack Pelton, an ex-racecar driver and Afghanistan War veteran, witnesses the murder of his uncle, Reggie Sails. Darcy Wells, the pretty Palmetto Pulse reporter, investigates Reggie’s murder and targets Brack.

The sole heir of his uncle’s estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate’s Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the Ashley River. A member of Charleston’s wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle’s killer.

From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry.

My Review:

I am an avid mystery reader, and Southern Heat has several traits that I really enjoy in a mystery.  

It is set in the South and the descriptions of Charleston and the surrounding lowcountry areas are wonderfully atmospheric. I am originally from Savannah and know and love the coastal south, from South Carolina to NE Florida.  The locales in this book were absolutely perfect.

I really liked the character Brack. He is strong and sympathetic.  His backstory is compelling.  He even has a lovable dog, Shelby.

The mystery is well written, a Southern noir with complex characters, strong dialogue, and great pacing.  Just be warned -- if you start this novel at night, you may stay up past your bedtime reading!  I know I did.  I highly recommend this book to other mystery readers.

About This Author
David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home. 

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I received a copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Rowena said...

I definitely stayed up past my bedtime! Thanks for sharing.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Thanks for the comments about Southern Heat. It just went on my tBR list.