- Title: Gone on Sunday: A Cotton Lee Penn Historical Mystery (Cotton Lee Penn Historical Mysteries Book 1)
- Author: Tower Lowe
- ISBN: null
- Page: 374
- Format: Kindle Edition
Polio disabled Cotton Lee s leg, but not her sexuality, not her mind, and not her ability to connect the murder of her friend Little Mary in 1972 to that of Bead Baker in 1932 Gone on Sunday follows the lives of the Baker family, their black servants, and the townspeople they knew in Homeville, Virginia Alternating between 1972 and 1932, Cotton Lee s investigation into tPolio disabled Cotton Lee s leg, but not her sexuality, not her mind, and not her ability to connect the murder of her friend Little Mary in 1972 to that of Bead Baker in 1932 Gone on Sunday follows the lives of the Baker family, their black servants, and the townspeople they knew in Homeville, Virginia Alternating between 1972 and 1932, Cotton Lee s investigation into the murder of Bead Baker brings out secrets kept for decades With suspects ranging from a housewife, to a cook, and even a rud witch, Cotton Lee needs to find the solution to the first murder in order to know the history of the second.
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"Good luck to you and Walker," Cotton Lee said. She'd never really liked Walker, but she didn't want it to show. "We plan to have all the luck in the world." Two Sundays later, Little Mary was dead, beaten to death on her screened in porch, the same way her grandmother, Bead Baker, had been found beaten to death in her kitchen four decades earlier.".Such an intriguing story line! Cotton Lee's friend is murdered. The year is 1972. The place Homeville, Virginia. There is something that connects he [...]
Notes in a cookbook, family secrets, racism, the rural south and two murders (a mother and years later, her daughter) 40 years apart make up the basis of this novel. I was totally involved as Cotton Lee unraveled the family secrets and eventually discovered the murderer. Great read!
Everyone has some kind of secret. When you live in a small town, secrets are even harder to keep. Secrets, a cold murder case and a new murder are the essences behind Tower Lowe’s first book in the Cotton Lee Penn Historical Mystery series. Set in Virginia in the years 1932 and 1972, Lowe provides readers with a taste of Southern Gothic—both from the Old South and the New South. It is sad that those tastes hadn’t changed in those forty years.The book opens with lawyer Max Mayfield hiring t [...]
Wow!!! I didn't know if I was going to like the back and forth between 40 years but Tower Lowe manages it so well that the punch wouldn't be there if it was done differently. Yes, you do have to pay attention to what's going on and if you don't come from the South you might not have a knowledge of the way life was. The great thing about this book is it gives you a real sense of how life was. It shows racism and sexism but also shows that there will be that strong voice that stands out both in th [...]
Wow!This was my 1st read by this author ,but certainly not my last! I just couldn't stop reading this story. She really catches the Southern culture. I truly enjoyed the switching from the 30's to the 70's. I was kept guessing the entire story! I never figured out all the answers and can't wait to read the next one!
True Rating 3.5 stars!Gone on Sunday: A Cotton Lee Historical Mystery is the first book in its series. It was an engaging read that took me on a journey through the lives and secrets of the residents in Homeville, Virginia. Cotton Lee was a woman who was smart and beautiful but was basically disregarded due to that fact that she was left with a disfigured leg and limp from having contracted polio when she was a child. Aware of how she was seen, she used the town’s underestimation of her to her [...]
MY THOUGHTS The author presents a well written book that weaves the story through a web of plots. I loved that the characters were "real", they had problems, physical and emotional that "real people" have. You could relate to them. The main character is Cotton Lee. We have a woman that isn't deterred by a disability, which is polio, and she's very smart. Her disability may have changed her some physically but it has only made her stronger in others. She goes after what is true, even though there [...]
Little Mary was found beaten to death on her porch in 1972, just like her grandma, Bead Baker was back in 1932. The townspeople of Homeville, Virginia wondered if there was a connection between the two deaths because both women supposedly had "the gift". Cotton Lee Penn, a polio victim, was hired by attorney Max Mayfair to investigate. Max was representing Walker Kane, Little Mary's fiance who was afraid he was going to be blamed. There were a lot of secrets in that little town, especially in th [...]
As I was nearing the end of this twofold mystery, a murder archetype came to my mindWho killed Cock Robin, twice? Once in 1932 and again 1972. Tower Lowe cleverly melded two related murders forty years apart by alternating the chapters by the year of the crimes. Not only are the murders related, but so are most of the characters. The minor flaws (that) I detected in Tower’s novel were the amount of characters (too many) and a prose that was not as colorful as it could have beenwhere was the so [...]
‘There are no complete secrets in Homeville. Everybody knows part of the story.’In 1932, Bead Baker was murdered in Homeville, Virginia. There was plenty of speculation, but the murder was never solved. Forty years later, in 1972, Bead Baker’s granddaughter Little Mary is found murdered on her front porch. Who killed Little Mary, and why? Little Mary’s friend, Cotton Lee Penn, becomes involved in the investigation at the request of Attorney Max Mayfair. Mayfair has been retained by Littl [...]
Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Gone on Sunday is such a book.The story had e [...]
First off, I should warn you, I read fiction for one reason, and one reason only – to escape my current reality (whatever it is at the moment), and when I read mysteries I do not try to figure out who done it. I wasn't able to start this book until last night – big mistrake! I read until my eyes burned, the tears flowed, and the words swam uncontrollably about the page. If I'd started it sooner, it would have been a one-sit read! The idea we can have heroines who are not perfect, who have fl [...]
What does Bead Baker's murder in 1932 have to do with Little Mary's murder in 1972? Cotton Lee is determined to uncover the secrets and put the pieces together. Gone on Sunday was a fantastic story that is extremely well written.The story alternates between Homeville in 1932 and Homeville 1972. In 1932 we follow the life of Bead Baker leading up to her death. The story illustrates the problems women faced at that point in history, highlighting that although life was simpler in that time there we [...]
I wasn't sure what to expect when I was lucky enough to have won Gone on Sunday by Tower Lowe in a giveaway. Like most of you, I try to read everything I can get my hands on for better or for worse. Fortunately, this one was for the better. Tower Lowe paints an honest, realistic look at life in general throughout different eras in recent history. Honest to goodness hard times for men, women and children of all ages. She touches on social issues that deal with race, disability, and political asp [...]
The past should really remain in the past, or should it?Polio disabled Cotton Lee’s leg, but not her sexuality, not her mind, and not her ability to connect the murder of her friend Little Mary in 1972 to that of Bead Baker in 1932. Gone on Sunday follows the lives of the Baker family, their black servants, and the townspeople they knew in Homeville, Virginia. Alternating between 1972 and 1932, Cotton Lee’s investigation into the murder of Bead Baker brings out secrets kept for decades. With [...]
Have you read "To Kill A Mockingbird"?If you did, you will quickly settle into this book's timespace, whether it is 1932 or 1972, and be on your way to enjoying two mysteries that span a cross three generations in the Old South. You will be impressed with the author's three dimensional development of the major characters in Gone on Sunday. The more I read about Cotton Lee Penn the more I thought about Scout; particularly in Go Set A Watchman. If you didn't, then you are in for a treat, if you li [...]
I grew up in the South and, at least once a year, I visit family who live there. As a 'latte-sipping, coastal elitist', it is always awkward to fly in a small plane to the town where I grew up and pick up the pieces of the life I once lived. This year, I read Tower Lowe's "Gone on Sunday". This novel proved to be the perfect literary compliment to all the southern food I ate during the visit: It captures the sights, sounds, tastes and feel of the American South perfectly.The year is 1972. Cotton [...]
I love a good mystery, especially when it involves solving a cold-case. When a murder forty years later points back to the cold-case, it gets super interesting. Based in the South, the story revolves around one family, a tight-knit community where everyone has a secret, prejudices are part of the community, and a smart, independent, disabled girl starts unraveling the secrets in an attempt to solve both murders and keep the wrong man (black) from being charged. I found it difficult to follow who [...]
I love loved and am loving this book. It's a murder mystery of a death (actually two deaths) and the struggle of a special-needs woman to solve two murders. The first murder takes place in 1932 and the second murder takes place in 1972. The struggle is to find a connection between the two as they take place in the same family. As the novel swings from the 1930s to the 1970s in Virginia SECRETS BEGAN TO UNFOLD, GOSSIP IS PROVED TRUE OR FALSE, AND MAYHEM BEGINS TO UNSUE.I do not want to tell any m [...]
I thought it was a nice book yo read on a cloudy weekend in your favorite chair with chair with blanket. I thought the premise of the novel interesting. However m like most books it did lag at times making the reader consider putting the novel down. But I did persevere and I'm glad I did. Cotton is a force to be reckoned. Not letting he'd polio lame leg slow her down. The cast of characters is predictable the sister protecting her reputation (and her husbands political future ),childhood buddies [...]
The motivations for murder are unrealistic, so once the reader learns them, it's almost an anticlimax. In fact, the entire story seems very contrived and forced. The characters are not well developed or defined, making their motivations even more unbelievable. Although the story does not end in a cliffhanger, there are enough loose ends to leave the reader unsatisfied. One positive about this audiobook is the outstanding narration by Susan Marlowe. But in the end, I found it to be a disappointin [...]
A Journey into a Dark World This is a mystery covering two deaths thirty years apart. The cast of characters fits the stereotypes of the deep south. The domestic violence and ingrained prejudice that filled the story made it an unpleasant read for me. All the threads of mystery work out at the very end with a few surprises along the way. The style of writing helps portray the sad environment, but none of the characters were likeable enough to brighten the story.
A little different read for me.The Author was kind enough to send this story to me in exchange for an honest review. I have to say that I found the names of the characters confusing and distracting, as I was having a hard time figuring out who was male and who was female.
I was lucky enough to have won this book in a goodness giveaway. Wasn't sure about what this was at first, but it hit pretty close to home. The connections people develop through religion, disability and racial diversity stand strong through the writing. Cotton Lee is one of the strongest female characters I've had the pleasure of reading to date. The opportunity to get to know her has been a pleasure and I'm very much looking forward to reading more from Tower Lowe in the future.
"Gone on Sunday" is the start to a new series by Tower Lowe, who is the author of the Cinnamon/Burro New Mexico mysteries. This series, set in Homeville, Virginia, alternates between 1932 and 1972, as Cotton Lee Penn attempts to solve the mystery of two possibly related deaths, those of a woman and her grandmother. These murders, and the way Cotton Lee goes about trying to solve them, are interesting and involving on their own; however, the pure pleasure of this novel for me was the very Souther [...]
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