When family friend Delman Dubois is accused of killing a man, a friend of Megs father, Gabriel St. Clair, contacts them. Meg is met with deep-rooted prejudice as Delman, a black man, has been convicted even before the trial has begun. Gabriel himself is not entirely convinced the man is innocent, but he has a strong sense of justice and works with Meg to solve the murder. In addition, both Meg and Gabe are trying to cope with memories and experiences of World War I.

Echoes of Mercy is a fine historical mystery with colorful characters, set in the romantic French Quarter in early-20th century Louisiana. (Jul., 256 pp., $17.00)

Reviewed by: 
Roberta Blair