Down by the Riverside  -     By: Jackie Lynn
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After her husband leaves her for a younger woman, all Rose Franklin wants from the divorce is the couple's camper. Determined to settle into a new lifestyle, she finds herself at Shady Grove, a campsite along the Mississippi River, where a man commits suicide on the day of her arrival. Could his death somehow be linked to the ancient slave burial ground he was researching? As the mystery keeps up, Rose finds herself in the middle of all the chaos, learning about the townspeople and the man himself. What exactly was it that drove him to take his own life? And how could it have been avoided?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 295
Vendor: St. Martin's Minotaur
ISBN: 0312371276
ISBN-13: 9780312371272
Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Series: Shady Grove Mystery

Publisher's Description

When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, Rose Franklin buys a camper and sets off--away from her heartache and anger. While she is settling into Shady Grove, a camp site along the Mississippi River in West Memphis, Arkansas, a respected and well-liked man in the community seems to commit suicide for no apparent reason. Could his death somehow be connected to the ancient slave burial ground that he was researching? As Rose comes to know the diverse characters of this small community, she begins to unravel the mystery of why a man loses his faith and the consequences of his loss. 
 
"Lynn elevates the genre with her blend of philosophy, romance, spirituality, and elegant writing . . .  This is a truly lovely book to be read slowly, savoring life by the river in the cool shade."
-- Kingston Observer
 
"Lynn's accomplished debut mystery is a righteous blend of spirituality and suspense."
--Booklist
 
"A pleasant voice, eccentric cast, and an offbeat story hooking into the old local slave cemetery are supported by strains of spirituality and Rose's journey of self-discovery."
--Poisoned Pen Reviews
 
"In addition to Lynn's well conceived mystery, the novel is a gentle lesson in kindness and forgiveness."
--Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
Jackie Lynn is a writer and journalist who divides her time between New Mexico and North Carolina. Writing under the name Lynne Hinton, she is the New York Times bestselling author of Friendship Cake, as well as the author of Hope Springs and Forever Friends (The Hope Springs Trilogy), among other books, and writes a monthly column for The Charlotte Observer. Visit her website at: www.LynneHinton.com

Author Bio

Jackie Lynn is a writer and journalist who divides her time between New Mexico and North Carolina. Writing under the name Lynne Hinton, she is the New York Times bestselling author of Friendship Cake, as well as the author of Hope Springs and Forever Friends (The Hope Springs Trilogy), among other books, and writes a monthly column for The Charlotte Observer.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a distinguished debut. The distinctive setting and eccentric cast of characters who call Shady Grove home are the setup for a great series."
--Publisher's Weekly
 
"Lynn elevates the genre with her blend of philosophy, romance, spirituality, and elegant writing . . .  This is a truly lovely book to be read slowly, savoring life by the river in the cool shade."
-- Kingston Observer
 
"Lynn's accomplished debut mystery is a righteous blend of spirituality and suspense."
--Booklist
 
"Love, death, healing, redemption and the deep connections that can grow between strangers are at the heart of this gentle mystery."
-The Pilot
 
"A pleasant voice, eccentric cast, and an offbeat story hooking into the old local slave cemetary are supported by strains of spirituality and Rose's journey of self-discovery."
--Poisoned Pen Reviews
 
"In addition to Lynn's well conceived mystery, the novel is a gentle lesson in kindness and forgiveness."
--Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
"A delightful whodunit  . . . Lynn provides a deep Mississippi mystery starring a likable woman who starts to obtain a sense of achievement, redemption, and worth."
--Harriet Klausner
 
"In Down by the Riverside Jackie Lynn's lyrical prose creates a richly diverse cast of characters brought by fate or chance to the Shady Grove Campground on the banks of the timeless Mississippi River (almost a character in itself).  Lynn's writing touches the everyday with a golden glow, turning the simplest moments into profound truths."
 -- Vicki Lane, author of Signs in the Blood
 
"Down By The Riverside is a lyrical mystery that rolls along much like the great Mississippi River it portrays.  Sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce, always the currents below the surface hide far more than they reveal.  With beautifully crafted prose, Jackie Lynn weaves a tale of outcasts living along a riverbank, who while seeking the truth about a drowning, ultimately find both love and redemption.  It's a novel that lingers; I found myself not only wondering further about the characters, but also thinking how nice it would be to plan a trip to Memphis and visit that fabled river. " 
 -- Sallie Bissell , author of In the Forest of Harm  
 

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    December 21, 2006
    Kim
    This review was written for Down by the Riverside: A Shady Grove Mystery.
    This is a well written story, but has many components that are not appropriate examples of Christian living. The two main characters have extra marital sex the first night they meet, and although "love" is mentioned, they still aren't married at the end of the book, and there is no repentant attitude or sense of wrong-doing. This author may have a degree in philosophy, she may call herself a pastor, but she is not very knowledgeable about what the Bible says about how Christian people should conduct themselves...fiction or not. This book belongs on a secular shelf not alongside the truly fine Christian authors in today's market.
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