Lizzie Headrick thought she’d finally met her prince charming in Dr. Grant Chatsworth. Their fairytale courtship swept her off her feet and ended with the engagement ring of her dreams.
As she moves into one of Buckhead’s finest estates, Lizzie soon learns all that glitters is not gold. Her handsome husband, a renowned cardiac surgeon and the developer of a new congestive heart failure drug, is becoming cruel and controlling. It isn’t long before she finds herself captive in the vast expanse of his estate without a phone or car, and under the watchful eye of Flossie who runs the household.
When Lizzie discovers that Cardiac Care Research, his drug development company, is a Ponzi scheme, she realizes her life could be in danger if she doesn’t escape the gated mansion on the hill.
Her only hope is to get to Biloxi, Mississippi and seek refuge with her sister, Maggie. Maggie and her husband, Leland, quickly find a safe harbor for Lizzie at a house on the bayou. However, the house at the end of the street might not be the quiet retreat Lizzie was hoping for.
The confines of her hideaway begin to close in on her, so she retreats to the historical cemetery next door where the small, damaged tombstone of a child soon catches her eye and captures her heart. Just when Lizzie Chatsworth thinks her world can’t get any more complicated, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery from the 1800s that pulls her in, demanding that she seek justice.
As her husband’s empire begins to crumble, he’s more determined than ever to find Lizzie and eliminate her. But, will the mystery of the small tombstone end Lizzie’s life first?
Reviews for the Book
Editorial"A Clara and Iris Mystery" Novel Series by Kim Carter and "Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle is an amazing read. Kim's writing style is very fluid and easy to follow, the storyline was unique, and the characters were intriguing. I recommend this to anyone who likes a slow-burning mystery suspense that also has humor." ~ Brianna Remus Books "A mystery suspense thriller in every sense of the word!"With eminently admirable characters and exquisite imagination 'Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle' is a compelling read where author Kim Carter crafts mounting suspense that overwhelms skepticism. Charming personality of renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Grant Chatsworth lures a small town waitress-Lizzie to a deceptive 'blissful happy marriage' until secrets confined within the walls of Buckhead's finest estates elucidate Lizzie about the darker nasty shades of Grant's propensity of crime and cruelty. Terrible adversity and troubled faith lead Lizzie to take refuge at her sister Maggie's doorstep, where destiny has more alarming adventures in store for her. Author Kim Carter's read is a mystery suspense thriller in every sense of the word with an intriguing narrative that moves at a breakneck pace, skillfully combined with a writing style that provides vivid mental pictures of the settings and characters sufferings. While many things are not what they seem, everything amazingly connects in a surprising finale. Entertaining enough to engage even reluctant readers, 'Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle' is a powerful 5-star page turner that is highly recommended. ~Enas Reviews
About the Author: Kim Carter
Kim Carter is an award-winning author and critically acclaimed writer of gripping suspense, chilling thrillers, and haunting historical mysteries.
Ms. Carter is widely known for her vibrant characters in her Clara and Iris Mystery series, a couple of overly curious widows who turn into private investigators. These funny women were inspired by Kim’s mother and her mom’s best friend. Book one of this series, Murder Among The Tombstones, was chosen Finalist for the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award and a recipient of the 2017 TCK Publishers’ Readers’ Choice Award.
Ms. Carter’s Mysteries and literary works include; Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle, When Dawn Never Comes, Deadly Odds (chosen Editor’s Pick in Books Shelf Magazine in 2022), No Second Chances, ‘And The Forecast Called For Rain,’ and her newest mystery Dark Secrets of the Bayou. “Bayou” has been awarded a Reader’s Favorite Editorial 5-Star Review, also chosen #1 Finalist for Best Historical Mystery from Reader’s Favorite 2021 book awards, and was awarded a 2021 Killer Nashville Finalist for The Silver Falchion Awards. In 2022 “Bayou” was chosen by The Author Shout book awards as a Recommended Reads.
All Kim’s novels can be purchased online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, and Indie Bound. Kim’s writing career started after she suffered an illness that made her housebound for a couple of years. An avid reader of mystery novels herself, she embarked on writing to fill her time. Kim’s health struggles and successes have been chronicled on The Lifetime Television in early 2000, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Women’s Day Magazine, and Guidepost.
Now, with seven acclaimed mystery titles to her credit, Kim worked in many different capacities in county government. Still, it was ultimately her job as a correctional officer that offered her opportunities to talk and interact with a diverse group of people. Her experiences run the gamete of inspiring success stories to tragic endings as she writes within her mysteries.
Kim began networking and made connections with numerous homicide detectives, medical examiners, and prison officials. Her research has taken her to many places, including morgues, death row, and the occasional midnight visit to cemeteries to gain material for her novels.
Kim is a college graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. When she is not writing, she enjoys gardening, is an avid reader, and is a proud mother of four beautiful grown children; she currently resides outside Atlanta, Georgia.
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