The Cutting Season

by Attica Locke

I really loved this layered mystery set in Louisiana. One morning while doing her standard walk around the grounds of the plantation she manages, Caren Gray is alerted to the fact that the body of a young woman has been discovered on the property.

Belle Vie is a former sugar plantation that has now morphed into a tourist site complete with historical reenactments in the former slave quarters. With the investigation of the murdered young woman, Caren is forced to confront her ties to the land, past (her ancestors were slaves there) and present.

A good mystery to me is one where the culprit is not immediately identifiable and that was certainly the case here. I also found the secondary plot line dealing with solving the murder of one of Caren’s ancestors equally as compelling. 

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