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Carolina Moonset by Matt Goldman
Published by Forge Books on May 31, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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Joey Green has returned to Beaufort, South Carolina, with its palmettos and shrimp boats, to look after his ailing father, who is succumbing to dementia, while his overstressed mother takes a break. Marshall Green's short-term memory has all but evaporated, but, as if in compensation, his oldest memories are more vivid than ever. His mind keeps slipping backwards in time, retreating into long-ago yesterdays of growing up in Beaufort as a boy.
At first this seems like a blessing of sorts, with the past providing a refuge from a shrinking future, but Joey grows increasingly anxious as his father's hallucinatory arguments with figures from his youth begin to hint at deadly secrets, scandals, and suspicions long buried and forgotten. Resurfacing from decades past are mysteries that still have the power to shatter lives - and change everything Joey thought he knew.
Especially when a new murder brings the police to his door . . . .
I’ve enjoyed this author in the past with the mystery series set in Minnesota. I lived there many years and now live in North Carolina. Carolina Moonset is in South Carolina though. The world feels much more deep south than here but it’s probably the historical scenes and memories which make it so, not that there is a big difference.
Joey is a successful businessman who goes to his parent’s home, which was his grandparent’s home first, in the small town where his dad grew up and now has retired. He lives in Chicago, where his father attended medical school, met his wife and practiced medicine. His father is now having health issues and he is spending his vacation there to help his mother.
Joey is divorced with teen children who are vacationing with his ex-wife. His parent’s neighbors have a divorced daughter, who is similarly visiting from Boston while her teens are with the ex. The parents set them up and it works out better than expected. Their dialogue is hilarious. While they are getting to know each other, there is a murder in the middle of a thunderstorm.
The investigation of the murder, the emotions of dealing with a parent in failing health, and the new romance fill the pages and the heart. I found this an emotional story with very well developed characters. It was stunning and provoking.
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