The Grass Widow

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After a self-imposed exile in England, historian Gale Grayson has returned to her Southern roots, only to find eccentric relatives—and murderous scandal—alive and well in Statlers Cross, Georgia.
 
They’d been talking about Linnie Glynn Cane since 1925, about the pecan tree where she was found hanging, and how her ghost never came to rest. No sooner do Gale and her four-year-old, Katie Pru, arrive in town than tragedy strikes again. Martin Cane, a straitlaced, religious man and host of the annual Southern Gospel Singing and Barbecue, turns up dead—killed by a rifle blast—in the midst of the festivities. Now it is up to Gale to untangle the twisted facts behind Martin’s death. Was the motive suicide, greed, revenge—or a long-delayed justice? To find out, Gale will have to dig deep into the town’s darkest secrets and her own painful past.

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Teri Holbrook received her PhD in language and literacy education from the University of Georgia and is an associate professor of early and elementary education at Georgia State University. She is also an award-winning mystery author whose debut novel, A Far and Deadly Cry, won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her other novels include The Grass Widow, Sad Water, and The Mother Tongue.

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The legend of Linnie Cane, a young woman who hanged herself in 1925 on the pecan tree next to her house, is the ghost story that has been on everyone's lips for decades. Her reason for shortening her life has remained a mystery to her family and the small community of Statlers Cross, Georgia, ever since. With haunting quotes from residents heading each chapter, the novel begins with the violent death of Rev. Martin Cane, a descendant of Linnie. As the story unfolds, Sheriff Truitt unravels a tale of murder and dark family secrets involving abortion and abuse. In the middle of it all, historian Gale Grayson, a relative of Linnie who is seeking to gather information for her book on Southern women, is caught up in her own hunt to uncover the family secrets. Once readers get all the characters straight and learn who is related to whom, The Grass Widow is an entertaining if occasionally complex diversion. Well written and fast-moving, this tale from the author of A Far and Deadly Cry (Bantam, 1995) is recommended for large collections.?Shirley Gibson Coleman, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., Mich.
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