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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Five Dog Voodoo (A Mae December Mystery) by Lia Farrell is an absorbing murder mystery. Mae December is very busy. She is an artist in high demand at the local art gallery, runs a boarding kennel, breeds dogs occasionally, and does dog training. Right now, her fiancé is running for Sheriff and she is helping him run his campaign. There are only a few more days to the election and the pressure is high. Mae's mother, Suzanne, wrote a story about Voodoo Village for the Halloween edition of her column, unwittingly causing unwanted notoriety for the people who live there.
Zoe Canja was a resident of Voodoo Village and had lived there all her life. When Zoe was a small child, her mother vanished and never returned. Zoe never gave up her search for her mother. One night, in a twist of fate, she disappears. Her grandmother knows something has happened to her and is distraught. Evangeline was raised in a Voodoo home and knows that the Sheriff's Department needs her help as a liaison between the two cultures. When Zoe's body is discovered, there is a handful of people who are able to work with the residents of the village. Even with the election at hand and all her other responsibilities, Mae insists on being part of the investigation. Together, Evangeline and Mae help the Sheriff's Department try to locate Zoe's murderer.
Five Dog Voodoo (A Mae December Mystery) by Lia Farrell is an entertaining murder mystery with an occult twist. The novel has hints of Vodun set in a small Tennessee town. I was impressed with the descriptions of the rituals; they gave the story a sense of realism. I really liked the fact that, when I finished the story, I had a little more knowledge and understanding of the Vodun religion than when I started reading the book. The information was fascinating and enlightening. Although this is book number five in the Mae December Series, it does well as a stand-alone. I enjoyed reading this book and was happy to learn a little more about the voodoo religion. I recommend this book to those who love a cozy mystery.