“Secrets, Lies & Crawfish Pies” by Abby L. Vandiver


By Abby L. Vandiver

Romaine Wilder is beyond funny and has a fabulous backstory. Being the medical examiner for a grandiose city, Romaine comes from a small town. Although she’s gotten used to big city ways, her job has been downsized which means Romaine finds herself traveling back to her tiny hometown in order to begin again.

Although the citizens of Robel in East Texas are well-known to Romaine, she’s already missing the man she was dating. She is also upset that she had to run from a life she’d worked her butt off to build. Thankfully, Romaine has family that are “in her business,” so to speak. Suzanne Babet Derbinay is not only Romaine’s Aunt Zanne, but she is also the owner of the Ball Funeral Home. Zanne is quite the character, too. This Louisiana woman keeps busy by running the funeral home, and being a member of various clubs that put her in charge of the Tri-County Annual Crawfish Boil and Music Festival.

When the main course in this small town suddenly becomes murder, things go from quiet to chaotic. The funeral home even receives a dead guy that’s been dumped there with no clues as to who did the dumping.

Auntie Zanne, while trying to help Romaine find love and feel better about her life, teams up with her niece to solve this odd crime. Not only do they want to see justice done, but they want to lend a hand to the brand new sheriff, Pogue Folsom, who just happens to be Romaine’s cousin.

The plot is fiery, fun, and fast. You have everything that Texas provides, from scenery to Stetsons, and that French Creole Auntie who you will absolutely adore. This may be just the first in this new series, but because it was so well done it will be extremely hard to wait for the second installment of the Romaine Wilder Mysteries to appear.

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