Book Title : When Serpents Die
Author : Gerrie Ferris
Publisher : Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre : Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publication Date : April 2009
Pages : 171 Pages
Series : Laura Kate Plantation Series, Book 1
Category : Sweet
Reviewer : Lindsay Townsend
From it’s tense, expectant opening, When Serpents
Die by Gerrie Ferris is a gripping, fast-paced novel. Blessed with a clever and sympathetic heroine
who had to literally kick her way out of trouble, (martial arts) it holds the reader from the very first page.
When Royce Lee is shot dead in
the small south Georgia town of Roston, the initial verdict appears to be suicide, but Laura Kate, a long time friend and
journalist – a former foreign correspondent – is immediately suspicious. Swiftly, her suspicion is proved to be
well-founded. When she encounters Jack Rhodes, Royce’s legal partner, sparks fly. There is mutual attraction and also
wariness. Laura Kate gives as good as she gets and I really enjoyed the sparring between them.
The spirit of the south is beautifully captured
and wonderfully evoked in ‘When Serpents Die’. A lurking sense of evil and the evil eye is well done, too. There
are snakes in this small town….
The characters in When Serpents Die are all well drawn, including minor characters.
The changes in viewpoint are clear and interesting and Gerrie Ferris writes men as well as women very well
indeed. The author has a lovely ear for dialogue that had me thoroughly engaged. Can Laura Kate trust Jack? Especially when
she is threatened more than once by an unseen possibly murderer and Jack is often ‘around’?
The tension builds and then Royce’s
former lover Hannah is also murdered. The police – who do not cover themselves in glory – consider Hannah’s
death a suicide, but Laura Kate suspects the killer of Royce has struck again.
The climax of When Serpents Die is
a twist and a shock, but very apt. The ending of the novel is a lovely double twist that had me right on the edge of my seat.
I look forward to reading more of this engaging series from Gerrie Ferris
Laura Kate Plantation Series Book Two
"The Long and the Short of it Reviews"
March 24, 2010
Laura Kate O'Connell is a super-star
of a clever southern bell with a quick wit and a nice way with horses. Honored Daughters is truly more mystery than romance,
but the romance matters and readers will really enjoy Jack Rhodes when they finally meet him.
Overall, the quality of the story is excellent.
Epic-like adventures - and love - befall our heroine, who seems pulled in several directions most of the time. Her personal
life, her decisions and future plans are complicated; Jack Rhodes is her distant, if still true love. He seems to envision
an ordinary, predictable sort of future for the two of them, a future Laura Kate isn't enthused about. (Although after
meeting him, we do realize he's more insightful than Laura Kate gives him credit for.
Before we even get to the questions of romance, Agent
Nyan Hill complicates her life with his desperate effort to see the murder of his niece Dari solved. Nyan and Laura Kate's
antagonistic relationship, and occasional sharp dialogue really make readers admire our heroine. She's nobody's fool,
but is at the heart a caring, almost driven person.
Ferris has a distinctive voice, giving Honored Daughters a continuous, rather evocative aura. She
creates a time, a place and a series of characters that seem utterly original, yet also familiar and appealing. There are
some seriously suspenseful moments, as well as more tender times; and the mystery is a real mystery, both intriguing
and heart-wrenching from the start.
Although this is contemporary, there is a certain historic feel to it. The horses, the hunt club,
the southern-bell comments, and Honored Daughters School itself. Although contemporary, it all has an old, old feel to it.
Fans of any southern-style epic will really love this story; perfect reading by a cozy fire.