Murder on Marshall's Bayou: A Dassas Cormier Mysteryby S. H. Baker
Grace, the only woman Dass has ever loved, is also back in Marshall's Bayou, and she
Dassas Cormier returns to Marshall's Bayou, his hometown in southwest Louisiana, in the spring of 1924 to find that his old friend, Red Doucet, has been murdered. Dass's short career in law enforcement makes him the most likely person to solve the mystery surrounding Red's death.
Grace, the only woman Dass has ever loved, is also back in Marshall's Bayou, and she wants Dass to look for her missing husband. He reluctantly agrees, and is surprised when his search leads to another murder. Are the two murders somehow linked? More importantly, how is Grace involved?
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In late September of 1924 Dassas Cormier returned to Marshall¿s Bayou. After losing two brothers to the war Dassas had left the bayou vowing never to return again. After a stint as a cowboy, a roughneck, and finally a lawman Dassas has chosen to return, carrying his own burdens and a tortuous ghost along with him. Soon after stepping off the mail boat Dassas learns that a close friend, Sheriff Red has been murdered. The only suspect is an escaped convict that has yet to be captured. After trying to settle into the community with his remaining brother, sister-in-law and their family Dassas grows restless. The girl that Dassas has had a crush on all his youth is now married, but her husband is missing and she comes to Dassas to help find him. Looks like Dassas is once again playing the lawman searching for the missing man as well the killer of his friend Red. The pacing of this story was wonderful. The time era of the 1920¿s along with the bayou setting was well depicted and transferred the reader right there. The ending was stunning and a mystery until the very end.