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The Cutting Season

A Novel

Locke, Attica

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Cutting Season
When the dead body of a young woman is found on the grounds of Belle Vie, the estate's manager, Caren Gray, launches her own investigation into Belle Vie's history, which leads her to a centuries old mystery involving the plantation's slave quarters--and her own past.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062222813
Characteristics: 374 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Alternate Title: Cutting season


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Mar 02, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A thriller, set on a plantation in Louisiana which is now a tourist attraction, where the heroine is the manager of the plantation and also the descendent of plantation slaves. There are two murrders; one 100 years ago; one of a migrant worker now. The book is about racism and the politics of the sugar industry in the South. Well-written.

Nov 29, 2012

This is a mix of literary novel and mystery. Beautifully written with a fascinating background of the legacy of slavery (set on a former plantation now turned into a sort of theme park). The murder at the centre of the book is that of a migrant worker and is linked to the same sort of mindset that let slavery exist in previous times.

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Nov 13, 2012
  • bridge1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I put it down and picked it up a couple of times before I finished it. Didn't like the characters very much.

Nov 12, 2012

"This is a beautifully written novel that transcends the mystery genre and is as truthful as it is gripping." Thrillers and Suspense Newsletter November 2012

Oct 26, 2012
  • nutty7688 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.



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