The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Paperback, 372 pages
Dennis Lehane Books by Harper Perennial
New York, 2012


Welcome to TLC Book Tours book blog tour for The Cutting Season
 
The Cutting Season, a novel, derives its name from the sugar cane fields of Louisiana and time spent by workers, past and present, cutting sugar cane. This murder mystery was an enjoyable read, told from the viewpoint of Caren Gray, the current manager of an old Louisiana slave plantation that is now host to weddings and special events, as well as tours. Caren also happens to be a fifth generation descendant of one of the plantation’s slaves that mysteriously disappeared shortly after the Civil War ended. Ms. Locke weaves an intriguing tale of a current day murder and how this murder is related to the disappearance of the slave in the 1860s. I could not figure out who the killer was until Ms. Locke revealed the culprit.

I have only visited one antebellum plantation house, which was situated near where this book’s plantation, Belle Vie, is located. However, I don’t remember the name of the place, just that it was not far from Baton Rouge. I do remember it being dark and empty and eerie. I did not enjoy the visit to that plantation house and have no interest in visiting any other.

The map at the front of the book, which I greatly appreciated, was a map of the grounds of Belle Vie and definitely aided in picturing the story in my mind.

The main characters in this book illuminated many issues relevant today. For example, corporate takeovers of smaller farms and businesses and how this impacts so many was one such issue. Others were the lasting impact, especially emotionally, of Hurricane Katrina, political hijinks, single parenthood, immigration issues, and, of course, relationships of all types are addressed.

I enjoyed The Cutting Season and believe Caren Gray would be a good character for Ms. Locke to further feature in a future mystery. Also, since this is Ms. Locke’s second book, I want to read her first novel entitled Black Water Rising

Check out the previous stops for this book blog tour for The Cutting Season:
Tuesday, September 17th: red headed book child
Wednesday, September 18th: Time 2 Read
Thursday, September 19th: Book-alicious Mama
Monday, September 23rd: BoundbyWords
Tuesday, September 24th: Kritters Ramblings
Thursday, September 26th: Lectus
Monday, September 30th: Booksie’s Blog
Tuesday, October 1st: Olduvai
Ms. Locke’s website can be found HERE.
 Ms. Locke’s Facebook page can be found HERE.
Ms. Locke’s Twitter home can be found HERE.

  1 comment for “The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

  1. October 13, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I’d love to see Caren in a future book – she was a character I really enjoyed getting to know, and i felt invested in her life.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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