50 in 2014: Pearl’s Oyster Bar by Rodney C. Hosford

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Pearls Oyster BarPearl is quite the character. She owns Pearl’s Oyster Bar, the premiere place to be seen on Panama Beach. People go there to be entertained by her and the tales of her love life, her past, and her current exploits. She’s dated the rich and the famous, been a television star, is a love ’em and leave ’em kinda gal, and is a champion of abused women.

Add detective to the mix because now she’s chasing down the murderer of her best friend’s niece. A serial killer has been killing young girls around Florida and Pearl’s determined to get her revenge. With the help of her friend and her uncle, a retired sheriff, Pearl investigates the crimes the old fashioned way–without benefit of the internet and easy-to-access data bases.

Complicating everything is her lover…and her military-based husband who’s returning home in a month. Who will she choose? What will she do? What if they meet?

50 in 2014 copyPearl is definitely over the top. She has an answer for everything and stops at nothing to get what she wants. She was a fun person with whom to spend time.

My biggest problem with the novel was that I couldn’t pinpoint the time frame. It drove me nuts! The music references were all over the place–Pearl has eclectic tastes. The setting is long before the internet was available to the general public, but was available to government workers. Pearl had to rely on newspapers, magazines, maps, and printed photographs to gather her evidence.

Other than that, Pearl’s Oyster Bar is a great read. I enjoyed it because I like remembering how cops and investigators had to work back in the day before computers streamlined everything for them. There was a lot of foot work involved, a lot of mileage put on cars, and talking to lots of different people to gather clues. Pearl’s Oyster Bar is filled with colorful characters offering them.

Check out Pearl’s Oyster Bar and tell me if you don’t want to rush down to Panama City and sit on the beach waiting to catch a glimpse of the sexy red head…

About Rodney C. Hosford

Born and raised in Liberty County, Florida, Rodney Hosford went through the 9th grade in Hosford, Florida.
After graduating from high school in Bristol, Florida he attended Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Florida
and finished his degree in Accounting at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He returned to North Florida
and for many years was a CPA with the family accounting firm, Hosford and Company.

For more information, visit his website.


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