Skeletons of the Atchafalaya

Skeletons of the Atchafalaya

by Kent Conwell
     
 

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Tony Boudreaux's family had a saying that "good things happen in threes."

However, instead of three days of rich Cajun food, dancing, and laughing over old times at his family reunion at Whiskey Bend in the middle of the Atchafalaya Swamp, Tony Boudreaux faces trouble. Tony and his family find themselves not only cut off from the rest of the world by Belle, a

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Tony Boudreaux's family had a saying that "good things happen in threes."

However, instead of three days of rich Cajun food, dancing, and laughing over old times at his family reunion at Whiskey Bend in the middle of the Atchafalaya Swamp, Tony Boudreaux faces trouble. Tony and his family find themselves not only cut off from the rest of the world by Belle, a Category Three hurricane, but also confronted with voodoo wangas, an angry family trying to lynch one of its own and a psychotic killer who has decided to double the Boudreaux and Thibodeaux populations in the family cemetery.

And by the most unique methods.

Which means Tony has to work quickly...before the hurricane strikes and before the murderer kills again.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
During a family reunion, Tony Boudreaux, a Texas P.I. with Louisiana roots, gets caught with everyone else at the family plantation house in Whiskey Bend, LA, when hurricane Belle blows through. Unfortunately, someone murders the mansion's owner and then two more members of the same immediate family (by screwdriver, poison, and cottonmouth, respectively). Since the police cannot come until the storm has passed, Tony takes matters into his own hands. Squabbling, mud slinging, and dirty dealing tempered with Cajun spice, hints of voodoo, assorted angry animals, and old-timey prejudice result in an easy-to-read winner. This is author Conwell's second mystery (after Galveston). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-In this classic mystery, private detective Tony Boudreaux is thrust into a tense emotional atmosphere in which he must solve a crime before a killer is able either to escape or to get him. The protagonist and a group of potential victims and/or killers (all members of Boudreaux's family) are trapped in a house during a hurricane. By focusing on this one Louisiana family cut off from the rest of the world by the storm, Conwell creates an almost Southern gothic setting, to good effect. It provides fertile soil for the sorts of secrets and undercurrents that bring a real feeling of tension to the story. The book is a true thriller, well paced and quickly read as one hurries on to see what will happen next. Some of the characters are better drawn than others, but as it is loaded with family quarrels, stolen inheritances, and killer snakes, this novel is fun to read.-Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477812099
Publisher:
Thomas & Mercer
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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