I really enjoy these characters. They are quirky and so realistic. The only thing missing in this story is the references to more modern technology. Although everyone seems to have a cell phone, there is no mention of DNA matching for the character who thinks murder victim could be his sister. But the stories are always entertaining...and the sex is hot! Avoid this one if that bothers you.
Architect Marc Girard returns to his Toussaint, Louisiana roots to determine if a recently deceased single is actually his estranged sister, Amy. Enter town doctor Reb O'Brien. She rolls into town on her Harley and recaptures Marc's heart.
The two investigate whether or not Bonnie is Amy (and whether she is the third victim of the "rubber killer"), but Amy is actually being held captive by the wife of her former lover, Chauncey. Chauncey and wife Precious get the idea to do away with Amy and trade bodies in the cemetery. However, the husband and wife duo don't trust each other, and through lots of dirty dealings, the body goes missing.
The story is chock-filled with eclectic residents, including a sherrif named "Spike," a priest with an obvious crush on the church secretary, a bakery aptly named "All Tarted Up," and even a bumbling hit man who could not even kill time.
The story is interesting and captures your attention. You almost want to have these zany characters as neighbors. The only thing I did not like about the story was the conclusion. Or should I say what conclusion? With only two pages to go, I kept thinking, what about Amy? There are just too many loose ends, resulting in a disappointing ending.
A book full of angry and stupid characters set in a rural Louisiana town. Beware - stereo-types are everywhere in this stinker. Come on Stella you could do better than this!
In bestseller after bestseller, Stella Cameron has thrilled critics and fans alike with her fast-paced, spellbinding novels of romantic suspense. Now, the New York Times bestselling author weaves a tale as darkly sensual and dangerous as its Southern setting, where a beautiful doctor and a prodigal son investigate the murder of a woman whose identity is as mysterious as her death
Toussaint, Louisiana, is a sleepy bayou town where live oaks stretch over roadways, men raise crawfish the way their granddaddies did, and Spanish moss hangs in ribbons above the swamps and dirt roads, keeping everything shaded from the hot July sun. Its a place where people are used to feeling safeuntil the body of singer Bonnie Blue is found at the base of St. Cecils belfry stairs, her eyes searching, her neck broken.
Local medical examiner Reb OBrien has lived in Toussaint all her life, but she doesnt believe the gossipthat Bonnies death was an accident, an unfortunate fall in the dark. She remembers all too clearly the rape/murders of two other women a year earlier. The killer was caught and placed behind bars. But now, what happened to Bonnie raises chilling questions about a case thought long closed.
Marc Girard doesnt believe in accidents. What he does believe is that the dead woman may be his missing sister, Amy, a lost soul with a history of drug and man problems. Though hed vowed to stay away from Toussaint, where his wealthy, aloof family had been disliked by the ordinary townsfolk, Marc is coming home to search for the trutheven if it means joining forces with Reb OBrien, a woman he left behind with his past. But the Reb he remembersan annoyingly brainy, precocious seventeen-year-old who followed him like a puppyhas matured into a fascinating and beautiful woman who doesnt get pushed around by anyone. Not anymore.
Though they may not like each other, Marc and Reb will have to work together to solve riddles with no answers: Who could Bonnie have been meeting at St. Cecils in the dead of night? What does she have to do with the disappearance of Marc Girards sister? And if the wrong man is sitting in prison, could the real killer still be slipping through the bars and cane fields, front porches and back roads of a town they once thought safe? Its a tangle of secrets as dark and deep as the muddy waters of the Atchafalaya, where friendly faces and Big Easy manners hide deep-rooted jealousies and cold-hearted hate. With only each other to trust, Marc and Rebs mutual wariness gives way to newfound closeness that marks them for gossip in a town ready to explode, and leads them to a blinding passion that may make them vulnerable to the greatest betrayal of all
This is book #2 in the Bayou Series. There are six books in the series. The others are #1: "French Quarter"; #3: "Kiss Them Goodbye"; #4: "Now You See Him"; #5: "A Grave Mistake"; #6: "A Marked Man".
I have read books 4 and 2. They were both very good books and I had no problems following the story line reading them out of order.
I enjoyed this book but the ending left me hanging.
I realize this is in a series of several books and I hope this story takes up in the next book.
What happened to Amy? What happened to the person who was hiding Amy and was her spouse arrested and what happened?
Like I said I hope the next book answers those questions.
Has anyone read the next book?. I can not find it listed on this site as being available. If it is please email me and let me know the name of it.
A great whodunnit. I recommend it.
A spellbinding novel of romantic suspense. A must read........