BOOK REVIEW: FEVER MOON
After her success with the "Bones" series of cozies set in present day Mississippi, Haines has turned her eye back to the mid 20th century and westward to the bayou country of Louisiana.
In a small community in New Iberia parish, a body is found mangled and disemboweled, with a seriously ill woman frantically pacing near the dead man. Deputy Sheriff Raymond Thibodeaux tries to calm her in order both to learn what happened at the scene and also to relieve her illness. But rumors begin to spread in the small close knit community that a werewolf is on the loose and has entered the body of the ill woman.
Haines has set her story in the WWII years, when families waited anxiously for news of their loved ones serving overseas and when returning veterans struggled to come to terms with their violent memories. Finding a demon to blame for a lingering sense of unease and uncertainty was easier than to accept responsibility for townspeople in need of help.
Struggling to protect the woman found by the dead body, and to find the murderer who continues to threaten the town, Thibodeaux struggles to find a new way of life after the physical and psychological wounds he suffered while with the US Army in Europe.
Fans of Haines cozy mysteries should enjoy this effort as the popular author expands her writing style.
REVIEWED BY WOODSTOCK
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