There are now 8 books in this series and Lake Morality is the latest.
I’m reviewing ALL 8, as I read them one after the other as I found the location really foreign and yet based in the USA, to me as a UK person, and very interesting to learn about.
The location is the Florida Panhandle, aka The Forgotten Coast. Home to locals who traditionally fished shrimp and oysters from small villages, and whose livelihood has been largely ruined by the various oil spills in this area of the coast. It sounds as unpleasant to live there as I have found the rest of Florida to be – very hot and humid most of the year, and lots of bitey insects! (I stopped counting after my bites got in the 3 figures after a week)
They are not necessarily what you might call full length as novels, but not short enough to be novellas. Long enough to develop a good story-line and come to a conclusion.
Nicely written. Gentle without being cosy but not full-on noir either.
I found the descriptions vivid and the conversations chimed with reality and the devastation of the local economy is clear but without sentimentality.
The amount of sweet tea they drink though, must surely rot their teeth!