And - I learned more about the Smokey Mountains and this wonderful national park while I enjoyed the suspense of the mystery. May 18, Barb rated it liked it. Hey Hey! A great book to read while on a hiking vacation in the Smokies, as I was. The accurate portrayal of the beautiful Smoky mountain setting in this little mystery is one of Out on a Limb's best selling points. The very true to life, spot on depiction of local characters and their dialect also made for interesting reading; I was less enthralled with the magical thinking, even if it is common belief in the region. Precognition added nothing to the plot and could have been left out entirely.
The author, Carolyn Jourdan, lives 15 minutes from where I grew up and writes about the places I used to haunt as a kid--mainly the Smoky Mountains National Park. This novel is a semi-thriller that involves the theft of rare molds found only in the park that can be synthesized by drug companies to cure certain types of brain cancer. Killings, chases, park rangers, University of Tennessee labs and professors I like Out on a Limb more than I thought I would. It's a straight up mystery set in the lush surroundings of the Smoky Mountains National Forest.
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The pacing was really well done. The story moved along well and kept me wanting to find out what happens next. It doesn't hurt that the book is a little on the short side. I really enjoyed that plot wasn't overly complicated.
Out on a Limb is simply a well told story. Great characters, lots of different threads that the author gathers up perfectly in an ending that makes you want to cheer! On top of enjoying this light read, I learned quite a bit about the park, botanical fields of study, and interesting medical facts! I will be looking for more books by Carolyn Jourdan.
But it was really nice that it turned out to be an entertaining mystery as well - even though the "bad" guy was a little overdone. And who knew slime molds could so interesting? Unique Unique An interesting group of characters, a creative plot, and well written to boot Keep up the good work, Ms. Sep 01, Carol rated it liked it.
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I enjoyed this mystery set in the national park and nearby UT. Great fascinating story Wonderfully entertaining. Great storyline and fascinating characters. I can't wait for the next one. Jul 27, Monica rated it it was amazing. As I am originally from Knoxville, TN and love mysteries I opted to try this author out. So glad I did! I'm perpetually homesick for my Smoky Mountain home. I realize how much I miss things that I previously took for granted, such as trips with family around The Loop at Cades Cove.
I miss the fresh air smells while driving up t Sparkly Mystery with my Hometown Smokies History Another jewel recommendation via Bookbub to add onto my Kindle! I miss the fresh air smells while driving up the winding road to the park. I miss the green of summer, the brilliant colors of fall and the crispness of winter in the mountains.
All of this and more brought laughter and a few tears as I read Carolyn's fictional story The bulk of the characters were endearing, but I would have enjoyed a bit more development there.
I was impressed by the biology and medical topics, which made me curious about my hometown slime potential in real life. When you grow up in a place, it's sometimes difficult to see how much you truly love it until you've been away for so long. It tickles my soul to see there are others who respect and love the Smokies as much as a homegrown TN Volunteer. Loved reading this story.
Great job! Jul 23, James Romanow rated it really liked it.
This is not a bad whodunit in the Redneck-lite category. It's part thriller, and pretty well done.
It contains however all the tropes of America Loves Trump that will either please or horrify mystery readers. Although apolitical, it stuck in my craw that on the very same page where the protagonist, a nurse dismisses the Nobel prizes for useless research, she lauds genome study, and then goes on to prefer "natural" medicine. This cognitive disconnect that doesn't understand genetic research Wats This is not a bad whodunit in the Redneck-lite category.
This cognitive disconnect that doesn't understand genetic research Watson, Crick and Wilson won a Nobel for their discovery of the structure of DNA laying the groundwork for a truckload of modern discoveries including stuff like new antibiotics alluded to and prefers homeopathy is a very modern social mess that includes among other things, anti-vaxers.
Over to y'all for your own tolerance levels. For the record I've come to refer to American lit that completely lacks anyone not of Anglo descent as Redneck lite. They may even believe they are not racist, but their described world and likely the authors own world is absent anyone of obviously different descent, or Jewish, or gay, or Aug 11, Lauretta rated it really liked it. This is the first book by this author I have read, and I really enjoyed it, especially the setting and characters.
Having grown up in the foothills of the Smokies, I enjoyed reading about familiar locations, and the characters are just like many individuals I have known. I loved that they are developed as authentic individuals and not caricatures of the Southern hillbilly. Another aspect of the novel that I enjoyed were the scientific passages regarding naturally occurring medicines.
Traditional This is the first book by this author I have read, and I really enjoyed it, especially the setting and characters. Traditionally, the people of Appalachia depended on herbalists who believed in the power of nature to keep the human body balanced and well. We've gotten so far from these traditions with the complexities of modern medicine. Overall, a very enjoyable read.
Feb 21, Valerie Consoer rated it it was amazing. I learned so much from this book! Not only was the story well written, it was very educational. The characters were amazingly described in great detail. I felt like I was living in the small rural community. I definitely want to visit the area and see what I read about. I wish more books had been written as a series, but I'm happy there was at least this one book written.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I want to tell the author, "Bravo! Well done! And thank you! Jul 29, Barbara Joy rated it it was amazing. Loved everything about it. Characters I would like to be my friends. Traditional patchwork that becomes valued by city folks.
Simple, affordable, personal healthcare available to all, an evil villain and some great heroines. Crooks who turn into Robin Hoods. It reveals an overwhelming strength of community which is familiar to me, but rarely described so well in fiction. It all made perfect sense. Bill Bryson, bears, bullets, tree climbing, pigs and an unfortunate Mazda appear. Read on Jun 04, Shari Ring Wolf rated it it was amazing. Wit and wisdom I love the way this author can make a usually boring subject into a fun story.
Like a kid's educational tv show, but for the middle -aged I need to add that there is a lot of humanity in her stories, too. The plot was good, and this book only had intentional typos, when the author chose to write in Appalachian dialect. It was great! As with all of her books I've read so far, the lady knows what she's talking about and tells it with sharp wi Wit and wisdom As with all of her books I've read so far, the lady knows what she's talking about and tells it with sharp wit and tender love for humanity. Mar 04, Angie Manis rated it it was amazing.
Great mystery set in the Mountains I absolutely loved these well developed characters! The setting of the Great Smoky Mountains was perfect and I enjoyed the science lessons included with the story.
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Even though I have lived near these mountains most of my life I learned more about them while experiencing this story. Oct 10, Liz Banks rated it really liked it. I first thought this was a good book because of the depth to which this author knew the Smoky Mountains.
I enjoyed the visiting nurse taking the doughnuts away from the diabetic and the Park Ranger on his typical rounds. The author's understanding of the area is great and she showed me. About half way through, the plot thickens and it turns into a fun and scary almost murder mystery. If she'll write more, I'll read them. Nov 17, Sue rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery , nook-book.