Murdered by Superstition by Dianne Harman
What a delightful quirky way to murder – scaring someone with voodoo dolls, then strangling them.
It was just a doll, wasn’t it?
It didn’t have powers, did it? Powers that could kill?
This is the ninth book in the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series by a two time USA Today Best Selling Author.
New Orleans is famous for its pralines, beignets, jazz, Bourbon Street, and the French Quarter. But there’s a darker side to the Big Easy, one that involves voodoo and gris-gris.
Nicole Rogers recently moved to Red Cedar from New Orleans. She’d lost weight, became engaged, and had a new job as the manager of a local bank in the small town. But when she found voodoo dolls in her gym locker, work desk, and on her front porch, she was scared. She knew what receiving the dolls meant – someone wanted to hurt her or kill her, and she was right. A few days later, Nicole’s body was found on her front porch with a voodoo doll next to it. She’d been murdered.
What is the connection between Nicole’s murder and the voodoo dolls? Liz Lucas, an amateur sleuth, is determined to find the connection and catch the killer. While on a trip to New Orleans to attend a cooking school known for its Cajun-Creole style of cooking, she learns a lot from a gris-gris doctor who specializes in voodoo, hexes, spells, and superstitions.
But who would want to kill Nicole? Was it the bank employee Nicole fired? What about Nicole’s sister, who had legally changed her name to Marie Leveau (the Queen of Voodoo in New Orleans)? Or Candace Norgan, the woman her fiancé dropped when he fell in love with Nicole? Or even Maddie, Nicole’s friend and the Assistant Manager at the bank?
Join Liz and her dog Winston as they search for the killer.
As always, plenty of mouth-watering recipes!
About Dianne Harman:
USA TODAY bestselling author and seven-time Amazon All-Star Author, Dianne Harman, draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught and certified yoga instructors. She’s traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking, playing backgammon with her husband, Tom, and throwing the ball for their dog, Kelly.
Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn’t resist writing about food and dogs. Dianne is the author of several cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest, Jack Trout, and the Northwest. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels. Alexis, the first book in the Midlife Journey Series was also recently published. She’s the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series.
Murder in the Pearl District was chosen by Amazon to be one of their Mystery books in their October 2016 homage of great writing by independent authors and several of her books have been chosen by them as PRIME books!
Review by Reenie:
What a delightful quirky way to murder – scaring someone with voodoo dolls, then strangling them. The thing that keeps me reading Dianna Harman’s books is that she always seems to come up with something new and unique. This time, Liz and friends are swept up in a voodoo murder mystery. A local bank manager is murdered after receiving/finding several voodoo dolls. Then her fiance’ Cody begins to receive voodoo threats.
Fortunately, a trip to New Orleans for a cooking school gives Liz an opportunity to learn more about voodoo and to meet a gris-gris doctor for some good voodoo magic to protect her, and her friends. She and her friend quickly return home to help keep Cody safe from the voodoo attacks. Liz loans Winston to Cody to help keep him safe.
The ending is great and it did take me longer than usual to figure out “who done it” in this one.
This is a quick fun read. There are only two disappointments: Not enough Winston throughout the book (I love that dog!); and no recipe for real New Orleans Jambalaya.