Books by Cajun authors

Compair Lapin and Piti Bonhomme Godron (The Tar Baby) by Alcee Fortier

 

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Stories of Compair Lapin (Br’er Rabbit) as told by descendents of West African slaves on Laura Plantation.

 

Deadly Reunion by June Shaw

 

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This is one class reunion you won t want to miss!
Cealie Gunther joins former classmates for a class reunion during an Alaskan cruise. The spunky widow hasn’t seen most high school friends since they graduated, but agrees to this reunion since a former good friend has a major problem she can help solve. Besides, Cealie s hunky restaurateur lover Gil Thurman has been urging her to marry him. She can t commit when she s so close to rediscovering herself, and the cruise will give her time away from him she hopes. She ll also get to visit her son who lives in the area.
Surprises greet her from the start. Cealie can t believe she begins trying to exude sexiness to compete with women she knew way back when and then wounds herself in the process. People around her start dying and soon she s sorting through former friends secrets and lies, trying to learn whether she ever knew them at all. Someone with her may be a killer. She ll need to ferret out a murderer before more classmates die.

Killer Cousins by June Shaw

 

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From Publishers Weekly: At the outset of Shaw’s uneven second cozy to feature nosy parker Cealie Gunther (after 2006’s Relative Danger), Cealie stumbles on a corpse in her cousin Stevie Midnight’s backyard; Stevie had asked Cealie to come to Gatlinburg, Tenn., after receiving a psychic hunch that she, Stevie, was in danger. The murder victim turns out to belong to the Quitters Group, Stevie’s support system for beating cigarette addiction. Despite her obvious dislike for her obese cousin, Cealie agrees to stay in Gatlinburg until she can solve the mystery, which grows more complicated after the death of another Quitters member. Some uninspired prose (Disappointment tinted his tone) and labored attempts at humor weigh down the narrative, while Cealie’s criticisms of Stevie soon get tiresome. Still, the cousins become more likable as they unite in their fight against smoking and flab. Recipes and life improvement tips round out the volume. (Jan.)
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Relative Danger by June Shaw

 

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From Publishers Weekly: At the start of Shaw’s promising first mystery, Cealie Gunther, an independent woman of a certain age, finds her granddaughter, Kat, in tears on a surprise visit to her widowed son in a Chicago suburb. Kat, a high school senior with excellent grades, is so upset after the death of a school custodian (the police, who at first ruled the custodian’s balcony fall an accident, now suspect Kat’s Spanish teacher of murder) that she insists on staying home and missing final exams and graduation. When the interfering Cealie pushes her way into Kat’s high school as a substitute teacher, further violence and mysterious accidents, not to mention rude students and eccentric staff members, can’t deter her from finding answers. A former lover, restaurant owner Gil Thurman, lends romantic interest. While Cealie muses too much on matters irrelevant to the main plot, humorous dialogue, a suspenseful climax and good character development should please cozy fans. (Dec.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.