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DEATH AND THE WALKING STICK: A TRUDY ROUNDTREE MYSTERY
LINDA BERRY
ISBN# (10)0-373-26622-7/(13)978-0-373-26622-7
December 1, 2007
Harlequin/WorldWide Library
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3BK9
Paperback
$5.99
249 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Henry Huckabee is the chief of police in Ogeechee, Georgia. His motto, to serve and to protect, is part of his favorite lectures, along with talks of the dangers of drugs to the high school and other topics. However, the death of one of their own creates a whole new subject.

Trudy Roundtree is the cousin of Henry. After her husband’s death, she returned to Ogeechee and began a friendship with Phil Pittman. She is the first and only female officer of the Ogeechee Police Department.

Trudy finds it hard to believe that Althea Boatright is dead. She just recently took charge of the woman’s driver’s license and now she is dead. What looks like it could be from natural causes, soon proves otherwise. Henry wishes Trudy to further investigate the matter but the more Trudy searches for answers, it appears many really did not care much for the old buzzard. One clue is the walking stick near the scene that did not even belong to Althea. Trudy turns to the bridge club ladies in hopes of unraveling more secrets to the murder. She is glad that she has Phil to turn to for companionship. They have been friends since high school and since the death of her husband; he has been there for her. The only problem that often arrives, within his family, is the fact they own the Ogeechee Beacon and sometimes the stories get misconstrued which does not help when Trudy needs some things about the murder kept under a lid until the murderer is caught.

I think what I love about this story is the description of the town, the people and the whole setting. There were times I felt as if I was inside the town and had made friends with all the people. Death and the Walking Stick is full of southern charm, wit and all the elements that craft a great mystery. Linda Berry does a great job making this an enjoyable read that keeps the reader mesmerized. Living in Georgia, this reader knows exactly how some of the small towns react in many situations, and Ms. Berry hits everything right on the head. With some stirring gossip, even some newspaper events that seem to rise to the occasion, this splendid read, with a myriad of characters, is brilliant.

Cherokee
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