MUSIC OF GHOSTS
Bissell’s fifth Mary Crow novel is an eerie tale that skillfully weaves folklore, Cherokee tradition and familial angst. Although the murder is at the forefront, the characters face other dilemmas that keep the electrifying story progressing.
They call it the Fiddlesticks cabin: According to legend, it’s haunted by the old man who murdered his wife and her lover there. When a group of college students go camping there to listen for his fiddling, and one of them is murdered, the myth hits home. It doesn’t help that the victim’s father is former governor Carlisle Wilson, who brings all his power to bear on Sheriff Jerry Cochran. Wilson wants the case settled yesterday, so when Cochran finds a viable suspect in Nick Stratton, the governor considers the case all but closed. Former prosecutor Mary Crow vowed to her boyfriend she’d never take a criminal case, but she finds herself representing Stratton just when she and Jonathan are caught in a bitter custody battle involving his daughter. (MIDNIGHT INK, Apr., 384 pp., $14.99)