Readers expecting a straightforward account of the grisly murder of Martin Begnaud in 19th-century rural Louisiana are in for a surprise. Two brothers, Ernest and Alexis Blanc, murdered Begnaud on April 22, 1896 in Scot Station, LA. The brothers were 20 and 19, respectively, and had come to America as orphans from France. They were subsequently hanged for their crime. But there's more to the story than that. The author, himself an Acadian (we know them as Cajuns), is Begnaud's great-great-nephew, and the incident was told to him by his mother. In recounting this story, he provides background information about the cultural history of the Acadian people and explains how they ended up in Louisiana after their expulsion from Nova Scotia. At the same time, he gives the reader the Begnaud family's genealogical history. While this well-researched and well-written book may have strictly regional appeal, libraries where there is an interest in genealogical stories or the cultural history of the Cajun people should consider purchasing.--Michael Sawyer, Northwestern Regional Lib., Elkin, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.