Caroline Cleveland: When Cicadas Cry Reading

Thu, Sep 12, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop & Press
Masonic Temple, 186 W Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29306, USA
Hub City Bookshop

Caroline Cleveland will be at Hub City Bookshop discussing her book “When Cicadas Cry.” Listen to a reading of the book that Hank Phillippi Ryan describes as “John Grisham meets Nelle Harper Lee.”

About the Book

In this stunning debut by a South Carolina attorney, Zach Stander, a lawyer with a past, and Addie Stone, his indomitable detective and lover, find themselves entangled in secrets, lies, and murder in a small Southern town.

A high-profile murder case—A white woman has been bludgeoned to death with an altar cross in a rural church on Cicada Road in Walterboro, South Carolina. Sam Jenkins, a Black man, is found covered in blood, kneeling over the body. In a state already roiling with racial tension, this is not only a murder case, but a powder keg.

A haunting cold case—Two young women are murdered on quiet Edisto Beach, an hour southeast of Walterboro, and the killer disappears without a trace. Thirty-four years later the mystery remains unsolved. Could there be a connection to Stander’s case?

A killer who’s watching—Stander takes on Jenkins’s defense, but he’s up against a formidable solicitor with powerful allies. Worse, his client is hiding a bombshell secret. When Addie Stone reopens the cold case, she discovers more long-buried secrets in this small town. Would someone kill again to keep them?

Ideal for fans of mystery, suspense, and thrillers in the vein of Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls and Stacy Willingham’s A Flicker in the Dark, as well as for readers who followed the high-profile Murdaugh murder trial, held in the same small town as in When Cicadas Cry.

About the Author

A native South Carolinian, Caroline Cleveland grew up in the small town of Walterboro, and she credits her love of reading to its quieter way of life. Her love of the written word eventually led her to law school, and later to establish the law firm Cleveland & Conley, LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she represents public employers, inlcuding local governments and law enforcement. Caroline writes stories from a Southern perspective, featuring deceptively peaceful small towns and strong, complex characters who rely on their Southern sense of values. Her debut novel is When Cicadas Cry, published by Union Square & Co. Visit her website at