The Promise of Palmettos

I’ll be honest about this particular book and author. I’m VERY biased! I’ve known Sheryse for almost 20 years; yes, it’s been that long (more like 18 years and counting). We met in graduate school and shared many classes on all topics related to Urban Planning. We traveled to conferences, graduated together, were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, and I’m Godmother to her youngest son. So when she finally published this book, I was thrilled to the moon and back. Despite my personal bias, I reviewed this book as objectively as I could. After all, it’s all about the books.

The cover was designed by Tarisse Grant-Shelton, Sheryse's sister. It conveys what the book is about - mystery and intrigue. I love the color scheme, and that the art is not too literal of the title.
The cover was designed by Tarisse Grant-Shelton, Sheryse’s sister. It conveys what the book is about – mystery and intrigue. I love the color scheme, and that the art is not too literal of the title.

Following is my original review posted on Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

When it becomes apparent that the local authorities have no real idea why Lauren’s cousin, Delmar, was murdered, she begins her own investigation. Relying on her professional skills as an Urban Planner and channeling her inner Nancy Drew, Lauren soon discovers that the reason for Delmar’s death lays in the very land that he was sworn to cherish and protect, and that everything is not always what it seems. The Promise of Palmettos is an engaging murder mystery that hooks you from the first page and keeps you there all the way to the last page. Through the lives of the colorful residents of Oak Grove, thought-provoking commentary is given on the importance of preserving one’s history, culture and traditions as well as strengthening the family bond.

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