I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
To Murder a Saint by Nicole Loughan is a fast-paced mystery that I only put down one time (to go to sleep) and picked up again first thing in the morning. This is the kind of mystery I enjoy: no filler, just the meat.
Two girls from the Louisiana Bayou move to New York City, and two months into their stay, one of the girls, Josephine, is brutally murdered. Fanchon, her roommate and best friend, helps the local police try to solve this case.
Fanchon and Banyan, the policeman in charge, travel back to the bayou for answers.
I can definitely say I did not expect the book to go in the direction that it did. This book is short and easy to read, keeping you hooked from the first page.
I mean, listen to this quote that opens up the book and tell me how you could not get hooked right on that:
“It’s probably a bad sign on a first date my mind wandered to how best to bury somebody.”
Side note: the “saint” in the title doesn’t veer towards religious. It literally is talking about a person from the Louisiana Bayou area (you know, like from “When the saints go marching in. . .”).
Also, this book seems like it will eventually turn into a series, (according to the information on Amazon) but it is a complete story from start to finish, with zero indication that a sequel is necessary. Although, I would totally read more.
Have you ever been to the Louisiana Bayou?
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