Review: Wild Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin

The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied. While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered. With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way? From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the first book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.

The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied.
While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.
With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?
From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the first book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.

Wild Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The location in this book is Houma is the only parish of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana which is steeped in Cajun tradition and culture, a mixture of Native American, Acadian and African traditions. I have always been fascinated by the history and the current culture of Louisiana but on the flip side those cultures scare the bejeezus out of me but they do make for fascinating reading.

Wild Man’s Curse kicks off a new series set in and around Houma and is rich with the voodoo culture but not enough to classify it as a paranormal (in my opinion). The death of a voodoo priestess kicks of the suspense when her great neice Celestine – her only heir – returns to Houma to claim the cabin and land her Tante Eva owned not knowing that the person that killed her Aunt is still around looking for what he didnt get from the old woman.

Gentry Broussard works for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Game. He is a man with a haunted past of killing his brother 3 years ago on a drug bust. Problem is he is pretty sure it was his dead brother he saw leaving Eva’s cabin the night she was killed.

Ancient family curses, a man returning from the dead on a mission provide a great suspense along with the romance that blooms between Gentry and Celestine. I enjoyed this and look forward to reading more in the series.

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