Review: 'Cold Day in July' by Stella Cameron
In branching out to find authors of fictional crime/mystery with whom I have not yet become acquainted, I found "Cold Day in July" by Stella Cameron.
Cameron is not a newcomer to writing, having published her first book in 1985. Her website has the tag line, "Mysteries with heart -- sometimes beating." I couldn't have said it better myself -- "Cold Day in July" offered not only a mystery or two to be solved, but a romance between the two main characters.
The story takes place in Toussaint, Louisiana where more than the weather is hot. The small town has been set back on its heels with the recent unexplained death of a young female drifter who had only recently settled in to live there. The death may not have cause as much anxiety had there not been the murders of two local women whose murderer was safely behind bars.
The mysterious death is enough to unnerve the town folk, but their anxiety swells as the well-to-do former local boy returns as an adult with questions of his own. Said well-heeled hunk renews an acquaintance with a young woman who is now the town's only doctor. To say that sparks fly between these two people is a serious understatement.
Included in the cast of characters is the local priest who had given refuge to the recently deceased drifter -- and who was also well-acquainted with the two women who had been murdered. There's a cantankerous housekeeper, a church secretary whose admiration for the priest is evident, a scum-of-the-earth businessman and questions about the true identity of the dead drifter.
The plot is well-crafted, keeping the reader in suspense until the last moment. There are descriptions of the physical intimacies between the two main characters, but done tastefully. If you like romance with your crime-solving, Stella Cameron's books may be of interest to you.
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Additional Reviews of Crime/Mystery/Noir
" Rose Gold " by Walter Mosley
" The Son " by Jo Nesbo
" The Analyst " by John Katzenbach
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