Book Review: Southern Heat by David Burnsworth

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3-3-2014 5-36-02 PMTitle: Southern Heat
Author: David Burnsworth
Publisher: Five Star/Gale
Pages: 304
Language: English
Genre: Southern Noir/Mystery
Format: Paperback & eBook


Gunshots echo down an antebellum Charleston alley. Brack Pelton, an ex-racecar driver and Afghanistan War veteran, witnesses the murder of his uncle, Reggie Sails. Darcy Wells, the pretty Palmetto Pulse reporter, investigates Reggie’s murder and targets Brack.

The sole heir of his uncle’s estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate’s Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the AshleyRiver. A member of Charleston’s wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle’s killer.

 From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry.


I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book for an honest review.

Southern Heat is a good old fashioned mystery that starts immediately with Brack Pelton witnessing his uncle’s murder. The story is told from Brack’s perspective and is full of action.

David Burnsworth’s writing style is easy to read and flows well. His descriptions are full of imagery but not too wordy–just like I like it! I enjoyed his cast of characters. From the main character, Brack, who is still getting over his late wife, to Brother Thomas (mm-hmm), they’re well developed and colorful.

There aren’t a lot of surprises in this book but it is a great mystery and I definitely recommend it.

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About the Author:

3-3-2014 5-35-38 PMDavid Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Southern Heat by David Burnsworth

  1. Booksnob March 4, 2014 / 10:37 am

    Sounds like a great read!


  2. David Burnsworth March 11, 2014 / 10:50 am

    Thanks so much!


    • sleepygirl2 March 11, 2014 / 12:19 pm

      You’re very welcome. I enjoyed your book.


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