Kathryn R. Wall
- Title: The Mercy Oak
- Author: Kathryn R. Wall
- ISBN: 9780312375348
- Page: 367
- Format: Hardcover
In the South, family is the one thing worth dying or killing for Things are heating up between young widow Bay Tanner, sometime private investigator, and Red, local sheriff s sergeant and her late husband s brother But a new case that strikes too close to home endangers than just her love life.An unexpected call from her housekeeper s son hints thatIn the South, family is the one thing worth dying or killing for Things are heating up between young widow Bay Tanner, sometime private investigator, and Red, local sheriff s sergeant and her late husband s brother But a new case that strikes too close to home endangers than just her love life.An unexpected call from her housekeeper s son hints that a recent hit and run may have been than an accident Roberto fears the victim, a local crusader for the rights of illegal immigrants, may have been silenced But almost immediately it becomes clear that the dead girl was not the intended victim, and before Bay has a chance to launch an investigation, Roberto himself disappears.Meanwhile, Red and the rest of the sheriff s deputies are working overtime to solve a string of holdups terrorizing local businesses and banks When Lavinia Smalls, longtime companion to Bay s crippled father, is caught up in one of these robberies, Bay finds herself enmeshed in yet another mystery What does Lavinia know about this gang of thieves, and why is she so reluctant to share her secret What clues does her friend, the ancient black man with the intricately carved walking stick, carry in his muddled memory Then the strange phone calls begin, and Bay realizes someone desperately wants her off the case but which one Determined to protect those she regards as family, Bay struggles against the fear that she may be endangering the very people she s come to love in order to bring a killer to justice Almost too late, she discovers that tempers run hot and prejudices deep when it comes to the growing immigrant population of the sultry South Carolina Lowcountry.In Kathryn Wall s eighth captivating Southern mystery, Bay Tanner will pay a terrible price to uncover the secrets of the Mercy Oak.
Recent Comments "The Mercy Oak"
One of the Bay Tanner series. I've liked all of them so far. I wish I could read them in order, but the library isn't cooperating. Terrific characters and gives such a sense of place.
This is the grown up version of Nancy Drew Mystery's! I love them all!
Bay Tanner's 8th outing is yet another pro bono investigation--thank goodness she has a trust fund and a partner who is actively seeking work for their firm. This time, her adventures take her into the world of immigration, focusing on the Low Country Hispanic population. This ten-year-old novel doesn't have the strident tone of today's discourse on illegals; rather, the focus is post-9/11, which lands Bay in the midst of FBI and DHS cases. The mystery, when solved, is quite simple, yet is prese [...]
It is Christmas time in South Carolina’s low country where Bay Tanner runs her private investigator business. There’s a brief mention in the local paper about a Latina who died in what looked to be a car/pedestrian accident. But Bay gets a disturbing phone call from the son of her housekeeper who expresses concern that the girl’s death was not accidental.Not long after the phone call, Bay’s housekeeper mysteriously disappears with her son, leaving only a clue that she is calling from a p [...]
In the midst of a community debating immigration issues, a young woman is run down under suspicious circumstances. As the main character investigates, she finds a situation that is more complicated than first appeared. I think the author thought she was being balanced in her depiction of the immigration issue. Instead, I found that the main character had a lot of subtle (and not-so-subtle) racism, and the author lacked an understanding of the people (especially the immigrants) she was writing ab [...]
This is a murder mystery however the real mystery is figuring out why our heroinne has such a chip on her shoulder. That would be Bay Tanner and she is supposed to be portrayed as bold and gutsy, highly intellectual and undaunting female. However every action she takes depicts her as a stubborn, irrational, reckless and subconsciously bigotted annoyance. Even when in the midst of her investigation she gets shut down and threatened by the FBI who is already on top of things and about to solve the [...]
I like this series--it is a bit on the light side, but entertaining, and not too improbable (although she is now sleeping with her folmer BIL, which does seem a bit on the 'typical' Southern side of things). This one is a good addition to the series, with enough twists and turns, and some bad ole boys who get what's coming to them. Recommended if you like this sort of thing.
This book was set on Hilton Head Island, SC so I loved all the SC references right down to the Sea Pines traffic circle. Unfortunately, I wasn't really into the mystery story line. I think I should have started with the first book in the series so I could better understand the character relationships.
Love this seriesAnother exciting mystery for some of my favorite characters. I like my light cozy mysteries and an occasional intense thriller. This series falls in between these two genres for me. Looking forward to the next installment.
fast paced, but once again she takes the brunt of it
Not a bad mystery. Bay Tanner, detective widow involved with her brother-in-law, a policeman, gets involved in the disappearance of her housekeeper's son.
I really enjoyed this book!It has a little of everything; detective work, murder, love story, etc. I would love to read more Bay Tanner mysteries.
Bay Tanner mystery set on hilton head
Not much plot really
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