Everybody writes series these days. So it comes as no surprise that this is book one of the Entering Southern Country trilogy. I didn’t know what to expect, but thought possibly I might be sorry I downloaded it. But gotta say, I really liked it.
It is a bit of a genre-crosser, being part women’s fiction, part detective mystery, part thriller, and all parts pretty darn good.
A man of the small Mississippi town is out on his large acreage hunting when he comes upon a couple of men and a heavy dufflebag. They dig a hole, bury the bag, and then one of them turns and shoots the other. Later, the hunter goes back and digs up the bag. No surprise, it contains money! Lots of it. A bit later, he and his wife are found brutally murdered in their doublewide.
Next we meet Raven, a successful author living in NYC. And she receives a phone calll from her outrageously awful mother, telling her that her father is dead and she needs to return to the town to take care of funeral arrangements. But Raven is not her original name. Nosirreebob, and she returns to her old town using her old name, but somehow it is discovered that she is Raven, and that the most famous and successful of her books was a roman a clef detailing all the awful events from her childhood, fictionalized. So the burning question around town was how much was true, how much was fiction?
Her awful mother had gotten some sweet older doctor to marry her, and she was now living in the lap of luxury. And having a fine old time with the Mexican gardener.
Well, dear and gentle readers, the murder in the woods, the murder of the couple who found the money, (who was Raven’s father, by the by), the mother and her lover, the sack of money, and the nice single sheriff, Raven and her despicable family, a kidnapping, are all tied up somehow in this, and the truth, the lies and the love affairs do make for some nifty reading.
(Just an interesting side note here. Spell check wanted to change ‘dufflebag’ to ‘shuffleboard’. So I looked it up, and actually, duffle bag is two words, but I am leaving it one word in the paragraph because I am delighted by the suggested alternative.