Whispers of the Bayou is one of Mindy Starns Clarks stand-alone novels, and is actually only the second book Ive ever read by her. But, I absolutely loved the other bookUnder the Cajun Moonso I was super excited to dive into this one! I really enjoy a good mystery, and this story was chock full of twists and turns and mysterious situations, which definitely kept me guessing throughout the entirety of the novel. I really enjoyed finding out all about Mirandas past, especially since I never saw it playing out the way it did, and I think Mindy did a great job of weaving together this mystery.
Miranda Miller was a character I had a little bit of trouble connecting with at the beginning, but whom I quickly grew to love as the story picked up. The way that she held herself closed off from everyone really bothered me in the first few chapters, but once I learned why she was the way she was, I was less inclined to judge and more likely to love her despite her somewhat unconventional approach to relationships. Plus, the deeper I got into her story, I felt more and more compassion for her based on all of the things she was exposed to at such a young age! No wonder she couldnt remember a thing; her past would be traumatic for anyone!
All in all, I really loved this book, especially the unexpected yet beautiful ending! It was such a fantastic mystery with such wonderful themes of mystery and love threaded through it, and I cant imagine giving it anything other than all five bookshelves. I really enjoyed reading this novel and hope Mindy will come out with more mysteries in the future, even though I know her other books are probably just as good!
Miranda Miller lost her mother when she was only five years old. Her Aunt Jane (AJ) came down to Louisiana to take her back to Manhattan to raise her, Miranda was in such bad shape that she wouldn't talk to anyone and only stared, it took a lot of counseling and time before she could finally communicate. Miranda is now married to Nathan and has a five year old daughter Tess, she has a job at the Manhattan Musuem restoring artwork. Miranda has a hard time becoming close to anyone in her life because of the events that happened during her first five years of life, it's like she has an invisible wall around her to keep people at a distance but she doesn't know why.
AJ has been receiving letters from Willy Pedreaux, the old caretaker of the antebellum estate that Miranda inherited from her grandparents, but never let Miranda know. Jimmy Smith brings in a painting that he'd like restored which starts a string of strange events. The problem is it didn't really need restored but just cleaned, as she was checking the painting out she noticed a symbol that jogged her memory but couldn't quite place where she'd seen it before. Jimmy insisted on leaving the painting with her and left the museum, he was a very strange acting man. Since this was a Friday Miranda and AJ always met for lunch but on her way to meet AJ, two men attacked her, ripped her shirt up her back from her waist to her shoulders, gagged her with a rag, grabbed the bottom hem of her pants legs and pulled them up to reveal her ankles and calves, ripped off both shoes and socks then grabbed a fistful of hair while pushing her face onto the cold, slimy cement floor. They kept going back and forth in her hair until they found what they were looking for, finally satisfied, they just left her.
She left the building and went to the closest business and had them call the police then called AJ to come and get her. After AJ helped her get cleaned up she told Miranda about the letters from Willy. Later at home telling Nathan about the incident and the conversation with AJ, they discover that their home has been bugged. Miranda decides she has to go to the Bayou to see Willy and find out what this is all about. She leaves the next morning and after she's at the estate a few hours Willy, on his deathbed, tries to tell her everything but dies before he gets all of the details out.
There are many 'secrets' to be discovered in this story and Mindy does a good job of keeping them a secret until the end. If you like mysteries you'll enjoy this book, I have no problem in recommending it to other readers. I am also looking forward to reading some more of Mindy's mysteries.
I have always loaned out my books in the "Million Dollar Mystery Series" by this author. It was one of my favorites. I liked it as well as "The O'Mally series". So when I read this I was really expecting a lot. It wasn't there. Nothing she has written since the million dollar mystery series has come close. The writing is not there. While I did finish it it wasn't enjoyable. Ihated to write this review but felt I should write whatever I feel about any book I read whether others feel the same or not.
This book was not what I expected at all. As a previous reviewer stated it was nightmarish,there was too much voodoo and not much reference to God at all. As stated I did not finish the book and actually put it out in the trash. I hope that the author's other books are not the same as this one.
I have read many other Christian mystery books and none disappointed me as this one did.