The Feathers

The Feathers

by Cynthia Lott


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939739308
Publisher: RiverRun Select
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 1,035,158
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Lott is a writer and researcher. She loves hearing life stories over a glass of good wine, preferably a nice Shiraz or Cabernet. A member of both Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers, she also holds an MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in creative writing from Louisiana State University.

Courtney Patterson graduated magna cum laude with a BA in theater performance from Valdosta State University. She is an associate artist at Georgia Shakespeare where she has appeared in dozens of shows, taught in the education department, and developed a cabaret series. She can also be seen frequently on the stages of the Alliance Theatre and has also worked at the Aurora Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Performance Group, and the Horizon Theatre. In addition to her work on stage, she narrates audiobooks and performs in film and television.

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The Feathers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
moongie More than 1 year ago
Exquisite! This debut mystery novel is beautifully written. The combination of tight prose and intriguing plot lines combines together for an incredible read. An example of her prose: “…her long black skirt looked like a heavy weight, pulling her down to the earth.” The characters are fully fleshed out, which helped me as the reader care about the outcome of each event.   This mystery takes place in 1978 New Orleans. Here’s an example of how the authors puts you in that time: “…a teen magazine featuring a shirtless Andy Gibb on the cover and a pair of red roller skates.”   Author Cynthia Lott has a gift for writing. I eagerly look forward to more from this talented author.
dramacjc More than 1 year ago
A supernatural/crime story set in New Orleans during the 70s, The Feathers follows detectives Brenda Shapira and her partner Roy Agnew as they try to solve the case of Thomas Carpenter and keep him from claiming another victim in his quest for revenge. I loved that New Orleans was the setting for the story because the city is filled with lots of supernatural activity and throughout the book you sense the spookiness. The author gives very vivid descriptions of the city and of the nightlife of the 70s; you’ll feel yourself being transported back to that time. Brenda is the lead character in the book, she puts on this persona that she’s a strong woman, yet deep down the loss of her mother and her father have left her in an emotional state. Even though it’s been years since their deaths, she’s still haunted by the memories of them. The author does a wonderful job of conveying Brenda’s emotions, you can feel the sadness, fear, and hurt she experiences. Roy Agnew is her partner/lover and unlike Brenda, he’s got more of a tough exterior and rational approach when it comes to dealing with the case. However, like Brenda, Roy suffered a tragic loss in his life with the death of his fiancée. The writer does a good job of tying in the supernatural elements to the story, and even though Thomas Carpenter is portrayed as the bad guy in the novel and you feel hatred towards him, you’ll feel sympathy towards him when you learn of history and how his friends betrayed him. As for the ending, I had mixed feelings about it. I knew what was coming, yet I wasn’t prepared for the actual outcome. If you’re looking for a supernatural thriller with well-developed characters and lots of plot twists I suggest you check out Feathers.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a captivating thrill fest The Feathers by Cynthia Lott The First in the Southern Spectral Series In The Feathers we follow police detectives Brenda Shapira and Roy Agnew as they search for a killer in 1978 New Orleans. The book opens with the scene of a brutal murder; the kind of scene even the most hardened homicide detectives find difficult. Graphic in detail, the innocence of the victim makes the method of murder even more disturbing. Add to that the actions of the housekeeper and the victim's siblings seem irrational. The murderer didn't hide his identity and the family welcomed him in. What held them in his thrall? The crime itself almost impossible-how could he have left without a trace? How could so violent a crime be so tidy? Brenda and Roy are soon left to follow a trail they never saw coming and can scarcely believe. Given clues, it seems as if the murderer wants to be found. Appearing to Brenda, is he taunting her or giving her a dark promise of what's to come? My favorite aspect of the book is what Lott provides in the chapters after each murder. As readers we meet the victims after their murders, but in these chapters Lott takes the first three victims and writes the moments leading up to their deaths. We see them full of life and talent and watch as they ultimately realize their fate. The Feathers is a paranormal thriller that really has you on the edge of your seat. Lott sets us up. We know from the beginning how many murders are to come and we read, waiting for the shoe to drop. Our beliefs are also put to the test. Is it truly possible that the murderer is not of this world? Why is he here, how is he here, and why these seemingly unconnected victims? Lott makes the impossible, not only possible, but reasonable. At the end we are left with a possible solution, but can fate be tempered? The Feathers is a captivating thrill fest that left me stunned. From the start Lott grabs her readers by the throat, shocking us, creating a need to read on to make sense of these seemingly senseless crimes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upon reading the first word of Cynthia Lott’s debut novel, “The Feathers”, the reader is mesmerized by this beautifully written thriller. Just as the victims are enthralled by the stories antagonist, Thomas Carpenter, you are powerless to resist this intoxicating tale of love, murder, and regret. This novel is well thought out in every minor detail, nothing is left unanswered. I love the fact that the events, which set the story in motion over 100 years ago, are completely plausible and mirror the events of present day on the African continent. The Ebola epidemic is having a similar chaotic affect to those across the Atlantic as yellow fever did a century ago, causing people to behave irrationally as those described in this tragic tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smoky, and sensual New Orleans atmosphere, a sexy murderous ghost, a handsome senior detective, and a Jewish female detective still mourning her father all come together to create an irresistible supernatural mystery/thriller. Truly an enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next one.
dmarksnewyorkcity More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Lott’s The Feathers is wicked wind in a literary vessel, violence with reason, exquisite terror in 1970’s New Orleans, masqueraded as a settled score from a century hence. Written in a fluid march of verse and prose, The Feathers transforms our ideas of horror, and spins us to such evil, the next page is turned with baited breath, but make no mistake, you will turn that page, you must. What astounding stage is set, what purpose to the kill, what rich and  deliberate relationship between characters in their obsessive quest to unfold clues and discovery. Go with them as they find feathers at the scenes of each grisly murder. You will know the local cops intimately, you’ll desire their desires; know their loves, their losses, their anguish, and you will know them well. Nestled within the framework of fear,  is faith, music, dance, religion and southern culture. This is a must read, and to those who think they have read it all, opened their imaginations to terror and fright, you haven’t seen a thing until you open the binding to this book and get acquainted with a little girl and her family, a dancer and his passions, an artist and her sketches, and more, all somehow transfixed by an elegant man in a mask ~  meet Thomas Carpenter; see his masks, understand his intent, his evil, and just try to recognize purpose in his deeds, and you will be transported to the agony of his experience; you will understand the virtues of his quest for vengeance through seduction and murder. This is no safe read, nothing to coddle your comfort zones; get ready, take hold, grab a hand and keep the lights on, you are in for a ride unlike any you’ve ever experienced.