Somebody's Dead in Snellville

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9780312078096: Somebody's Dead in Snellville

Just when she feels she has left detective work for good, publicist Sheila Travis is called upon to help Katy Sims Tait, whose upwardly mobile family is involved in infighting, greed, and murder. By the author of Murder on Peachtree Street.

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Young widow Sheila Travis takes on rural murder in her fourth outing (after Murder on Peachtree Street ). Sheila is drawn into the tangled affairs of the extended Sims family by her neighbor, Sara Sims Tait, following a developer's offer of $10 million for the family farm, within commuting distance of Atlanta. The family matriarch, Grandma Sims, refuses to give up the farm or allow it to be used for any purpose but agriculture. When domineering and unpleasant Martha Sloan Tait, a granddaughter and Sara's mother, is found shot to death in her kitchen, the family looks for an outside killer, but Sheila suspects various money-hungry and unpleasant family members. After Grandma Sims's remaining son, retarded Billy, is found hanged, the Simses would just as soon blame him and quietly close the case. But Sheila, pushed by her formidable Aunt Mary Beaufort, hunts for a killer who is willing to pare down the family to increase an inheritance. Sprinkle has an acute ear for the regional voice and a good eye for depicting rural southern life, but her mystery loses momentum before its resolution.
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From Kirkus Reviews:

Sometime sleuth Sheila Travis (Murder on Peachtree Street, 1991, etc.), widowed 18 months and working in Atlanta, is a neighbor of wimpy Sara Sims Tait, young member of a multigenerational, mostly redneck, singularly unappealing clan. A rumor that the family farm, owned by tough old Grandma Sims, may be sold for millions appears to trigger a series of tragedies, starting with the murder of Sara's social-climbing mother Martha- -shot to death in her kitchen. Later, dim-witted Uncle Billy is found hanged in the barn, seemingly a suicide. Another death and lesser dire events are to follow before Sheila and her nosy Aunt Mary figure it all out. At that point, however, the weary reader--numbed by drearily complex family relationships, arch asides, and a relentless tide of domestic trivia--will be past caring. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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