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What Remains by Rosemary Poole-Carter
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.66" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.89 lbs.
Publisher Top Publications
ISBN 192997616X ISBN13 9781929976164
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More About Rosemary Poole-Carter
Rosemary Poole-Carter is a playwright and a novelist. Her plays include "Death Behind the Tabloids, Inconvenient Women, The Little Death, "and "Mossy"" Cape," Her novels include "Juliette Ascending "and "What Remains," She lives in Houston, Texas.
Rosemary Poole-Carter currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about What Remains?
Fabulous Southern Gothic Tale Mar 4, 2008
I recently tuned into Houston's KUHF, the local classical station, and heard an interview with a local author on her new book. The author had the finest voice; her pacing in her comments was perfect as was her enunciation. I wanted to read the book just after hearing her.
Her name is Rosemary Poole-Carter, and her new book is "Women of Magdelene." Well, it wasn't available at the library yet, so I ordered a book of hers that they did have entitled "What Remains."
This story centers around Isabelle, a woman recently bereft of her Civil War beau, and a journalist named Paul Delahoussaye who has come to the family home of Belle Ombre to return a packet of loveletters Isabelle had written to her fiance. He has fallen in love with her through his surreptitious reading of the letters.
Also residing at Belle Ombre are the deceptive and graciously Machiavellian Aunt Delora, her great-uncle Babcock Vasseur and his wife Lydie Vee, a young and rather mischievous cousin Euphrasie and a vital assortment of former slaves who still live at Belle Ombre.
Almost immediately a murder (?) and then another takes place and Delora asks Paul to stay on and use his skills as a journalist to find out who is behind this second death. Family secrets are revealed as more sinister things seem to be going on behind the scenes at this plantation home.
The language, mannerisms and culture are vibrant in this well-researched book. It feels completely of its time, and one is easily transported there. The character development is wonderful, and the pacing of the mystery is fabulous. It truly is a page-turner. The author truly has a gift, and I really look forward to reading the book she was promoting.
Allow me to relate the first sentence as it is just fabulous: "It was Isabelle's turn to sit with the body." I love that! Just 9 words, but do they ever pack a punch! I defy you to not be able to continue reading after that line!
What Remains May 13, 2003
I appreciated the wonderful research, the fidelity to the language and Southern culture of the 1865 time period, and the well crafted story. These interesting characters just came to life. I want to follow these characters into more adventures and look forward to the next novel by this author.
Kept me up all night! Oct 13, 2002
Call it a haunting mystery or a tantalizing romance, or a tantalizing mystery and a haunting romance. WHAT REMAINS is a celebration of the expediency, ingenuity, and indestructibility of Southern women. Set on Belle Ombre Plantation shortly after the Civil War, with characters so real we recognize them, emotions so universal we have all encountered them, the story involves the reader--and after all the sighs and shudders, we are satisfied that justice has been done in an oddly appropriate way. At Belle Ombre, this is called discretion. The ending implies that's not all there is and leaves us eager for the sequel, which must be forthcoming.
An original, atmospheric, evocative, and deftly woven novel Sep 14, 2002
Set in the South just after the American Civil War, What Remains by R. Poole-Carter is a grim novel of murder, intrigue, lies, and buried secrets that begins in 1865. Isabelle Ross is a woman mourning the loss of her fiance and joins forces with Paul Delahoussaye, an intrepid journalist, to uncover the truth behind a murderous wall of deception and hidden secrets. Isabelle and Paul must combine their wits and resolve to discover the truth beneath dark and ruthless motives. One of those historical mysteries that are so easy to pick up and so difficult to put down, What Remains is an original, atmospheric, evocative, and deftly woven novel that engages the reader's total attention from first page to last.
EXTRAORDINARY STORY! Sep 9, 2002
I have read many books, but never have I read one that was so well-written that I felt compelled to write a review. The author actually places you back in time to reveal a wonderful and exciting story.
I have actually ordered several copies of this book to give to others as Christmas presents!