The title – False Pretenses: Secrets of Roux River Bayou – kind of indicates that the story must be set somewhere in Louisiana, and you won’t be off the mark if you think that. The cover shows a plantation house in the background and I picked up this book expecting some intrigue. I wasn’t disappointed.
The prologue is a definite precursor of some mystery in the offing. Vanessa and Ethan Langley have planned to restore their family’s ancient mansion. The house is supposed to be haunted and is set among acres of cane fields. Zoe and Pierce own a Cajun eatery in town that’s pretty popular. Pierce is a bit sensitive about his heritage. There are a bunch of local seniors who frequent Zoe’s place and she keeps them in coffee and beignets. Vanessa and Ethan deal with vandals, or some more sinister forces, trying to keep their child safe. Zoe is guarding a secret and thinks she’s home free, until a suspicious stranger shows up in town. An innocent simple man who frequents Zoe’s place is found dead. Things heat up and lives are in danger. Definitely not a good time for ancient secrets to surface!
False Pretenses Secrets of Roux River Bayou has something for everyone. The plot has a good pace, lots of characters, and keeps you anticipating what’s to come. The handy Cajun translations help readers understand some ethnic phrases that are used through the book. There is an abundance of mouth watering food for the gourmets. Overall, a very interesting read that surpassed my expectations.