Pros: Real characters brought to life by vivid writing
Cons: None worth dwelling on
The Bottom Line:
Take Halloween dive
As real skeletons appear
Can they find killer?
Finding Skeletons at Halloween
Green Water Ghost is the sixth entry in the Luanne Fogarty mystery series. While a linguistics professor at a college in
It's a rare day off for both Luanne and her beau, deputy Vernon Drake. They are relaxing by taking the Folsom Walking Tour just over the county line. While the guide goes on about the extinct volcano just under the swamp, the college kids also on the tour are more interested in the slave graveyard. When they head off to explore, one of them falls in a hole and gets injured. When
goes to help her, he finds new bones mixed in with the old.
Since the graveyard had long since been abandoned, Luanne and
that something isn't right. Since they are both on the scene, they become
involved in the case, even diving into a nearby pond looking for more bones.
Luanne's find of three skull caps only furthers the mystery. Who do these bones
belong to? And how did they come to be scattered all over the old graveyard?
This series is truly like a visit to the swamp country of
Florida. For starters,
there's the plot. Now, don't misunderstand me for a minute. I was entertained
the entire way through. But, while the clues are liberally distributed, the
story feels laid back and relaxed. Still, the pace never lags, and I was
surprised by the ending.
Adding to the charm are the characters. There are quite a few series regulars, and every one of them feels real. Luanne's day job features a little more prominently then normal, making her character richer. The several members of the sheriff's department that we see are great. But more interesting of the regulars are Luanne's swamp neighbors. Pasquin, an octogenarian, is an absolute hoot. Even "Mama," the owner of the local restaurant who really only appears a couple of times, is real.
And that's not to leave out the suspects. The book is practically crawling with them, and they are all as interesting as the returning characters.
Tying everything together are the vivid descriptions. The book is set around Halloween, and you can feel the crisp air of autumn. This just makes the characters and the story seem that much more real.