Murder at Murky Marsh


Fiction - Action
349 Pages
Reviewed on 12/18/2019
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

In Murder at Murky Marsh by Claude Peterson, lovebirds Sadie and Seth Hawks arrive from Scotland, enthusiastic to begin their new life in the US. They arrive in Murky Marsh, a nineteenth-century settlement that lies between Waycross, Georgia, and the region around the Okefenokee Swamp. Newly married, their affection is evident. When they arrive at the house of Sadie’s aunt, however, they realize that Murky Marsh is not the place they thought it would be. Plagued by the second generation of greedy, self-serving law enforcement officers, the town is a hotbed of criminality. When Seth is killed and Sadie suffers unimaginable physical and sexual violence from the heartless Pyke brothers, Sadie is left to survive by herself. Despite the ordeal, Sadie tries to move forward. But will her plans to bring down the Pykes ever succeed against the cruel schemes of the officers?

Murder at Murky Marsh utilizes few characters. They are developed effectively to drive the plot and bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. Sadie, as the main character, is brave and devoted. Regardless of the danger she faces, she does not give up her plans. Supporting characters such as Sadie’s aunt, Molly, also serve to highlight Sadie’s courage. The supernatural elements in the book create surprises which make the story even more enthralling. The antagonists in the work are intimidating and possibly undefeatable. When compared to Sadie, the Pyke brothers seem indestructible. This heightens the conflict in the book. The plot moves forward steadily which provides space for the development of the characters and the plot. Claude Peterson’s Murder at Murky Marsh is a gripping action novel that contains surprising twists.

Sierra Edelen

Murder at Murky Marsh brings a fresh new view on murder mysteries. When Sadie Hawks and her husband Seth move to Murky Marsh for a new beginning, trouble and sorrow are the last things on their minds. To them, Murky Marsh brings new opportunities and a new life. But shortly after arriving, they find out this quaint little town run by three infamous brothers is not all sunshine and rainbows as they thought it would be. Seth soon is dead by their hands, brutally murdered and leaving poor Sadie with no one in this new land. In a harrowing tale of revenge with a supernatural tinge to it, Claude Peterson adds to the ever-growing mystery genre for readers to enjoy.

Murder at Murky Marsh was a good read. Though a little slow at the beginning, it was hard to put down once the story got going. The word choice and flow of the words was a very nice change from how many mystery novels are written. With the slightly supernatural theme to it, readers are kept on their toes, waiting for what may come next, enthralled with how things play out. Claude Peterson really has a way of telling a story that is refreshing. It almost makes you forget you are reading a book, and those are the best kinds of books. Overall, this was a very nice and comfortable read that was relaxing. Anyone looking for a book that takes them away from the stress of work and still adds a catchy story and plot should definitely read this book.