Down by the Riverside

A Shady Grove Book

Shady Grove Mysteries (Volume 1)

Jackie Lynn

Minotaur Books

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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

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THE
FIRST
DAY
Trouble don’t come always
That’s what the preachers say
But I’ve seen so much trouble
I’m weary every day.
I think I’ll sail to kinder ports
I think I may be free
I think maybe today’s the day
Love’s gonna come to me.









ONE
Three days before I arrived in West Memphis, Arkansas, just before dawn, it was said that Lawrence Franklin V, the undertaker from the south side of town, dressed in his finest black suit, cut a small sprig of a purple flower—lilac from his mother’s garden—placed it in the narrow slit sewed in

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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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Jackie Lynn

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.

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Down by the Riverside
A Shady Grove Book
Jackie Lynn

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312371272
ISBN10: 0312371276
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$18.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429906876
ISBN10: 1429906871
304 pages
$7.99
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