Hog Wild

Southern Fried Mysteries featuring Avery Andrews (Volume 3 of 5)

Cathy Pickens

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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A runaway pig is about as explosive a piece of news as there is to be found in Dacus at the moment. But shortly after Avery Andrews has returned to her hometown, all hell breaks loose.
           
Her new office is still in disorder when Maggy Avinger arrives, clutching a copy of her dead husband’s letter to his lawyer. He’s made arrangements for an enormous stone angel to be erected at his grave and for the angel’s plaque to read that Maggy murdered him. His doctor says Harden died of lung cancer, so he’s really got some nerve. Plus—and what really bothers Maggy—the garish angel is in such bad taste!
Avery promises to look into it. In the meantime, Maggy invites her to a native plant rescue at the site of a new development. A dead body is found crammed into an abandoned mine hole and a series of gruesome deaths follow. Avery discovers that the victims had received anonymous letters accusing them of various ethical shortcomings. With the help of an attractive reporter who seems too good for her father’s humble paper, Avery seeks to find a connection between the disasters and nab a killer.
This is the third in a distinctly charming series that keeps getting stronger and funnier with every book. Pickens’s voice is nothing short of delightful as she develops these characters, all the more endearing for their eccentricities. Whether moonpies are a staple of one’s diet or not, readers will feel right at home. In the best of ways.

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Hog Wild
1Friday Morning"You haven't seen a pig, have you?" Melvin Bertram had strolled across the hallway from his office, ignoring the precarious stacks of boxes, packing paper, cleaning rags, and jumbles of unshelved books in what was supposed to be the offices of Avery Andrews, Attorney at Law."A pig?" I faced him, hands on my hips. Was that a smart-mouth indictment of my housekeeping?"A pet pig," he said, not even looking at the mess that surrounded him. "Two-and-a-half feet tall, black, distinctive potbelly, waddles when she walks. Sheriff Peters put out an all points bulletin this morning.

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Cathy Pickens

Cathy Pickens, an attorney who specialized in complex civil litigation, teaches law and ethics at the McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte. Cathy grew up in South Carolina, where her family has lived for generations.

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
March 2007
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ISBN: 9781429986755
ISBN10: 1429986751
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
January 2008
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ISBN: 9781250055255
ISBN10: 1250055253
320 pages
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