Blackberry Days of Summer: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 19, 2012 - Fiction - 271 pages
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In an exciting historical whodunit, a young black man is murdered and even though suspects abound, no one is trying too hard to find his killer.

In an exciting historical whodunit, a young black man is murdered and even though suspects abound, no one is trying too hard to find his killer.

The novel begins as “The Great War” is coming to an end. As Robert Parker’s body is lowered into the grave, Herman Camm introduces himself to the mourning family. He is a beady-eyed, small-framed, well-dressed man with a mysterious stare—and he is about to drastically change the lives of three women: Mae Lou Parker; her daughter, Carrie; and Pearl Brown.

On Christmas Eve in Jefferson County, Virginia, trouble arrives when Carrie reveals a disturbing secret that will haunt and change their lives forever. Mae Lou is fed up with Herman spending time with other women and she goes to confront him. Everybody wants a part of him, including Willie; however, the tables are slightly turned when Willie ends up with a gun pointing directly at him.

All of the stories converge when Herman is found dead from a shotgun wound. There are many people Herman has offended. And all three women are suspects in his murder. An investigation is launched. But no one really cares, including the police. Blackberry Days of Summer is a brilliantly crafted story of family secrets, complexity and the courage of forgiveness.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
19
Section 4
27
Section 5
35
Section 6
45
Section 7
57
Section 8
63
Section 18
165
Section 19
171
Section 20
175
Section 21
187
Section 22
199
Section 23
207
Section 24
215
Section 25
221

Section 9
67
Section 10
75
Section 11
83
Section 12
95
Section 13
103
Section 14
113
Section 15
131
Section 16
143
Section 17
149
Section 26
245
Section 27
249
Section 28
255
Section 29
259
Section 30
265
Section 31
273
Section 32
275
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About the author (2012)

Ruth P. Watson lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and son. She divides her time between being a business owner, writer, and educator. She has a master's degree and is currently working on a new novel and documentary, which soon will be released.

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