The Rising Tide
A Sidney Lake Lowcountry Mystery
Reader comments on The Rising Tide
I really like the way you set up the mystery in the first chapter. Very effective. The story
moves along seamlessly. I found it hard to put the book down.
- E. Compton Lee - Author of Native
You may want to pick up this really good mystery set in the lowcountry. I enjoyed it!
-Ellen C Priest - Sommerville Journal Scene
Enjoyed it and looking forward to a sequel.
I'm hooked. Love the characters and the location. Looking forward to the next one.
About the book
Midsummer in the lowcountry of South Carolina is a dreamy, quiet
time. Professor Sidney Lake uses this respite for literary research
and planning his next semester, but his Gullah housekeeper, Tillie
James, has other plans for him. She needs his help in dealing with a
touchy subject: the death of George Reed and the suspicions it
aroused that his wife Becky was involved, even though the coroner
and the police chief declared Reed’s death an unfortunate accident.
As the police are in the business of catching the guilty and have no
interest in proving someone innocent, it’s up to Lake and Tillie—
along with his graduate assistant, the local minister and a retired
policeman—to save Becky Reeds reputation. The proof of her
innocence seems to rest on the quirks of the rising and falling tide in
the marsh where George died. But the search for truth turns out to
be more than Sidney bargained for—and suddenly, his life and those
of his friends are on the line…
Some questions and answers for you to think about.
1. When George Reed’s body was found floating in the SC lowcountry marsh, what was the initial reaction of the police?
A) Reed fell off his boat and his wife left him to drown.
B) Reed had too much to drink, fell overboard and accidentally drowned as his boat drifted away.
C) Reed’s wife, in a conspiracy with the local coroner, murdered Reed and made his death look like a boating accident.
D) Reed was murdered by his wife’s lover, who tried to hide the body in the tall marsh grass.
2. What was the murderer looking for?
A) A strong box filled with jewels.
B) A camera.
C) The location of a stolen car.
3. Where was George Reed murdered?
A) On his boat.
B) On his friend’s boat.
C) On an island in the marsh.