It is a book filled with the authentic voices of a culture few people understand. Unless you happen to have grown up in South Louisiana and experienced the Creole culture firsthand, it is hard to appreciate the reality Jolivet paints for the reader. The plot turns make it a good mystery read, a book to curl up with on a rainy Saturday afternoon. As the plot unfolds, the characters come to life and the reader is easily caught up in caring about what happens to the people introduced. With the briefest of descriptions, Myra Jolivet manages to provide the reader with a glimpse into a culture that is at once romantic and beguiling as it is distant and mysterious.
The Creole culture serves as a foundation from which the story unfolds. Most of the story takes place in the modern-day world of sophisticated Northern California. But the lead character, Sarah, has roots firmly planted in the soil of South Louisiana -- whether she likes it or not. Without that background and cultural underpinning, it would be just another well-written murder mystery. Instead, the author opens a new world to most readers, a world in which there are people who have special gifts "to see" things others cannot. While reading, the smells of the bayou and of a dark brown roux simmering in an iron pot inundate the senses, just as the litlting speech patterns of Aunt Cat's Creole French hit the ear like music. This is a book, that once you are introduced to the spiritual connection the characters share with their ancestors and the modern world, you find yourself hoping for another book to come out that will continue the story and reveal more about a culture in which superstition and reality exist together as one.