Whispers of the Bayou

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From the author of the popular Million Dollar Mysteries and Smart Chick Mysteries comes a new stand-alone novel full of hidden staircases, buried secrets, and the promise of hope found in knowing God.

Miranda Miller wasn't looking for the news the day the letter came. But, trying to survive in troubled circumstances, she welcomes the chance to change her location for a period of time. The letter informs her that her grandparents' estate is finally about to become hers. She ...

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Overview

From the author of the popular Million Dollar Mysteries and Smart Chick Mysteries comes a new stand-alone novel full of hidden staircases, buried secrets, and the promise of hope found in knowing God.

Miranda Miller wasn't looking for the news the day the letter came. But, trying to survive in troubled circumstances, she welcomes the chance to change her location for a period of time. The letter informs her that her grandparents' estate is finally about to become hers. She immediately heads down to Louisiana and the old house by the bayou. There Miranda finds secrets that lead to life-changing revelations.

This suspenseful story reminiscent of old Gothic tales has a complex mystery and a vivid sense of the Deep South. It shows how God can take the darkest circumstances and use them to light a bright path leading to the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736918794
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 309,053
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 800,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.
www.mindystarnsclark.com
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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    The best mystery novel of the year

    Ok I will admit it. Books set in Louisiana dealing with Cajun and bayou subjects scare me to death. Something about swamps and voodoo give me the creeps and make me want to leave my lights on. This book definitely gives the chills due to the setting which was described so perfectly I could imagine myself being there. This is the BEST mystery book I have read this year. It was such a page turner that I spent all of one weekend day glued to the book. The writing is suspenseful and keeps the reader guessing throughout. The characters are intriguing and there are so many twists that people you think are trustworthy may not be what they seemed. Stories that have huge plantation houses always house secrets and there are MANY secrets that are revealed in this book. I love how the past blends with the present. The ending, while I wish there was a sequel, ties up all loose ends and is very satisfying. The story is not preachy at all, in fact it is interesting to see what brings a non believer to a faith in Christ. If you are a fan of Clark's past works, you will devour this story as well. If this is your first book, you will become a fan and want to read all her books. I just cannot express how good of a book this is. If there is one book you should read this year, it is this one. HIGHLY recommended.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    Christian suspense at its finest¿

    There was an air of mystery from the first page of Mindy Starns Clark¿s latest book, Whispers of the Bayou. A man showed up unexpectedly, asking Miranda Miller to restore an old painting that was obviously worthless. A bell containing a cross had been painted at a later date. Two men assault her in an alley. The mystery all relates to the symbol of a bell containing a cross. There was a tattoo on her head, hidden by her long thick hair again, it is the symbol of a cross within a bell. Miranda was born in Louisiana and lived there until she was five-years-old. After her mother¿s death, she went to live with her Aunt Janet. After twenty-five years, it was time to learn the family secrets. A dying man requested her presence in Louisiana he claimed to have a secret he can only tell her. What she did not know may kill her. Mindy Starns Clark is a master at suspense. Her novels are clean and wholesome, but do not lose their sense of mystery. Too many novelists depend on sordid details and gutter language to carry the book. Clark does not have to fall on these tactics! In Whispers of the Bayou, she creates a plot that takes the reader to Cajun country. Whispers of the Bayou¿s is not your run-of-the-mill fiction. Clark combines a great murder mystery with interesting characters to make readers want to continue reading. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Excellent

    Definitely a suspense novel. Hitchcock would have made a great movie out of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a tense suspense thriller

    Manhattan art restorer Miranda Miller knows she should rejoice in her life as she lives comfortably and her husband Nathan and Tess, their preschool daughter adore her yet she feels depressed and though she tires to hide it tries to maintain a distance from her loved ones.------------- When she has an opportunity to get away from home for a while, she jumps at the chance. She rushes to Louisiana to go over with her Aunt Janet¿s lawyer the estate she will one day inherit from her. However, in New York where AJ as Miranda calls her has lived for three decades, her aunt worries about her niece returning home for the first time since the trauma that changed her life the horror that her mind buried because the memories are too painful. Meanwhile someone else also wants to insure Miranda does not recall what she knows even willing to resort to murder to keep the past buried.-------------- The key to WHISPERS OF THE BAYOU, a tense suspense thriller is Miranda whose inner soul battles between a need to know and a need for flight. The story line grips the audience from the moment that Miranda returns to the Bayou and never slows down as the tension mounts in anticipation of bad things happening to her, which of course they do. Psychological thriller fans will enjoy Mindy Stearns Clark¿s superb intense tale.-------------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    Not your usual clues!

    The odd twists in this tale became apparent quickly and pulled me into the character's journey of discovery. The resolution of the heroine's personal drama was just as compelling as the outcome of the central mystery. Definitely a multi-layered, intriguing book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Very good read.

    Explore New Orleans with this new novel by Clark. It was a good read, with good twists and surprises in the story. I thought I knew who-dun-it, but I was wrong. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

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    A good mystery by Mindy, secrets to the end Miranda Miller lost

    A good mystery by Mindy, secrets to the end

    Miranda Miller lost her mother when she was only five years old. Her Aunt Jane (AJ) came down to Louisiana to take her back to Manhattan to raise her, Miranda was in such bad shape that she wouldn't talk to anyone and only stared, it took a lot of counseling and time before she could finally communicate. Miranda is now married to Nathan and has a five year old daughter Tess, she has a job at the Manhattan Musuem restoring artwork. Miranda has a hard time becoming close to anyone in her life because of the events that happened during her first five years of life, it's like she has an invisible wall around her to keep people at a distance but she doesn't know why.




    AJ has been receiving letters from Willy Pedreaux, the old caretaker of the antebellum estate that Miranda inherited from her grandparents, but never let Miranda know. Jimmy Smith brings in a painting that he'd like restored which starts a string of strange events. The problem is it didn't really need restored but just cleaned, as she was checking the painting out she noticed a symbol that jogged her memory but couldn't quite place where she'd seen it before. Jimmy insisted on leaving the painting with her and left the museum, he was a very strange acting man. Since this was a Friday Miranda and AJ always met for lunch but on her way to meet AJ, two men attacked her, ripped her shirt up her back from her waist to her shoulders, gagged her with a rag, grabbed the bottom hem of her pants legs and pulled them up to reveal her ankles and calves, ripped off both shoes and socks then grabbed a fistful of hair while pushing her face onto the cold, slimy cement floor. They kept going back and forth in her hair until they found what they were looking for, finally satisfied, they just left her.




    She left the building and went to the closest business and had them call the police then called AJ to come and get her. After AJ helped her get cleaned up she told Miranda about the letters from Willy. Later at home telling Nathan about the incident and the conversation with AJ, they discover that their home has been bugged. Miranda decides she has to go to the Bayou to see Willy and find out what this is all about. She leaves the next morning and after she's at the estate a few hours Willy, on his deathbed, tries to tell her everything but dies before he gets all of the details out.




    There are many 'secrets' to be discovered in this story and Mindy does a good job of keeping them a secret until the end. If you like mysteries you'll enjoy this book, I have no problem in recommending it to other readers. I am also looking forward to reading some more of Mindy's mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Couldnt put it down

    Suspensfull but not too creepy. Loved the historical appects of this book. Definately recommend this read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Not my favorite work by this author

    I felt like this novel was slow and hard to get into. Her other works have been much more intriguing to me.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Read it...you will not be disappointed!

    Highly Recommended!!! I'm new to Mindy Starns Clark but already a fan. Of the three books I've read by this author, this is on my "read again" list. Not many books make that list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Great book

    Although there were some slow spots there were plenty of parts that I couldnt put it down. The ending was unexpected. I do think the religious references at the end were a little much. It doesnt bother me but it seemed a little bit like preaching. There was only a page or so of it but it sounded like an ad for a church. Otherwise this is definitely an author I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Exciting

    Good, sometimes intense read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Fast paced mystery!

    Great book! Very creative, fast paced, Christian undertones, with a little Nancy Drew thrown in. Loved, loved, loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Couldnt put down

    Nice mystery!

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Excellent Story, Highly Recommend it for all Mystery Suspense lovers

    The Story was complex, without being difficult to follow. The personal struggles of the main characters are believable...and the transition of their personal religious beliefs was subtle and realistic. Loved this book and Ditto for her other stand alones and Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    FANTASTIC STORY!!!

    I couldn't put this down and it kept me wondering until the very end? LOVED IT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Wonderful Book.

    Great story. First book I read by this author. Could not put the book down . Did not expect the ending. Great story.
    Will read other books by the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Here on the bayou

    This was a really good story. Although being a true southeast Louisianian, I must say it was a bit ficticious as far as living on the bayou itself. But all in all a very good read.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Excellent Book!

    I was completely stunned by the outcome of this book. Good, clean reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book was incredible, I got her Shadows of Lancaster book has a gift and loved it!! So I read this one, and wow, blew me away up to the end. I could never have guessed the end!

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