The bones said death was comin', and the bones never lied.
While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie - a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva's cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.
With no jurisdiction over the case, he's forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva's beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry's involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva's murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?
From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the first book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.
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Love Narrator/Author-Sounds So Like SouthLouisiana
I often listen to audiobooks and I would definitely put this audiobook in the top ten!
I'd say one of the author's strong points is her sense of place and she does this well - similar to James Lee Burke, a very well known Louisiana author.
I have not listened to Elizabeth Godley on any other audiobook, but she is 5 star. Why? She brings you into the story because she actually captures the accents of the Cajun Swamp Land of Louisiana as if she were a native. And this is not easy to do, I know because I have lived in south Louisiana for over 20 years. The narrator makes you feel as if you are sitting in a pirogue on the bayou. I so appreciate the authenticity to character and this narrator matches the author's words and story line. This is how Cajuns sound when they talk and the narrator does it in such a way as to easily understand the character's conversation. She is spot on with the character's speech. Most people may not realize that we also have "southern accents," "redneck accents" and "Cajun accents." The narrator captured each accent as well as the stirring of the roux in gumbo making you see the mixture of ingredients in the characters. Damn good flavor! Not only that, but the narrator has a smooth easy flowing voice in general and pronounces the French words correctly. I have a strong pet peeve of over exaggerated Southern and Cajun accents; these voices have subtle accents with only certain words drawn out or chopped in half. How dedicated this narrator must be to her craft. There is true art in voice over, but only a few could depict authenticity such as Elizabeth Godley has captured here.
Down the bayou where the alligator play among the ghost and voodoo queens lies the truth to past lives and the mystery because the bones never lie.
Susannah Sandlin creates the place/setting of Southern Louisiana Cajun Swampland as well as Eudora Welty did with her books about the Mississippi Delta. Elizabeth Godley makes the story come to life by telling S. Sandlin's story with true authentic voice characterization. It is books like these that I'd much rather listen too than read when the narration is so well suited to story. What a pair they make!!!
Worth subsequent listens
I bought this book because I've always been a fan of Susan Johnson, aka Susannah Sandlin, and the story sounded interesting. Also, I like the Louisiana accents. It was a good story. I really liked Gentry, Ceelie and Jena; interesting characters. It's more suspense than romance, but no problem with that either. There's enough description of the Louisiana bayou to make you feel like you're there without bogging down the story. The plot movement kept me riveted; had a hard time putting the book down.
So a few issues. Elizabeth Godley did a pretty good job at narrating, but I noticed a few mispronunciations. When I'd switch over to the Kindle version, I found typos so it needed some editing or proofreading. Regarding Gentry and Ceelie, I would have liked a little more relationship development. Maybe I'll catch more of that as I listen to this again, but things seemed to just happen with the two of them without a lot of story to flesh out the relationship.
Overall, though, I can see me coming back to this one and getting the next book in the series.
- Lori Hanson