Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy

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Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy

This is a fabulous southern gothic murder mystery with all the elements that make southern gothic so intriguing.  The book is infused with folklore, superstition, feuds, mystery, prescience, foreshadowing, and a murder mystery. The author’s voice is a treat. I couldn’t ask for more.

It takes place in rural Kentucky. There are two intertwining story lines, one in 1936 and one in 1952.  Thus one story line takes place in the past and one in the present. One story line is told in Aunt Juna’s point-of-view and one in Anne’s point-of-view.  Some of the characters are in both story lines. The structure of this story is very interesting.  It works. The novel structure makes for interesting twists. Kudos to the author for pulling it off.

I hesitate to say more for fear of spoilers. In short, I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys gothic or mysteries. It is an Edgar award winner.