Saturday, July 26, 2014

Under the Cajun Moon

Author: Mindy Starns Clark
Publisher: Harvest House
September 2009
ISBN:  978-0736926249
Genre: Mystery

What Secrets Can Be Found by the Light of the Cajun Moon?

New Orleans may be the "Big Easy," but nothing about it was ever easy for international business etiquette expert Chloe Ledet. She moved away years ago, leaving her parents and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. But when she hears that her father has been shot, she races home to be by his side and to handle his affairs--only to learn a long-hidden secret that changes everything she knew to be true about herself and her family.

Framed for murder, Chloe and a handsome Cajun stranger must search for a priceless treasure, one whose roots weave through the very history of Louisiana itself. But can Chloe depend on the mysterious man leading her on this cat-and-mouse chase into the heart of Cajun country? Or by trusting him, has she gone from the frying pan into the fire?

Following up on her bestselling Gothic thriller, Whispers of the Bayou, and Amish romantic suspense, Shadows of Lancaster County, Mindy Starns Clark offers another exciting standalone novel, one full of Cajun mystery, hidden dangers, and the glow of God's unending grace.

UNDER THE CAJUN MOON is one of Ms. Clarks’ older novels, but it easily stands alone. I have read most of Ms. Clarks’ books, even her co-written ones, and like them, so wanted to read some of the back-list ones I’ve missed.

UNDER THE CAJUN MOON is a mystery. Chloe is called home because her father was shot, but before she’s allowed to see him she must meet with his lawyer. The next thing she knows, she’s waking up in a strange hotel room and the lawyer is dead beside her. Why? Who is trying to kill all the original men who donated funds to start the famous restaurant? The body count is building and Chloe is wanted for murder…

UNDER THE CAJUN MOON starts slow, but by the middle I was thoroughly engrossed. At first I couldn’t figure out why a story set in the 1700s was included in a modern day one, but then it became clear that the mystery was set around a historical event—which explains the how… but not the why or who.  Mystery fans will be enthralled by this story of intrique and murder. Don’t miss UNDER THE CAJUN MOON. $13.99. 336 pages. 4.5 stars.

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