WET GRAVE, by Barbara Hambly
Of course the white establishment has other crimes to consider, including a sensational one at a plantation downstream from the city. January is living on his savings during the quiet summer months, paying court to Rose whose terrible past has made her afraid of men. Incensed by the woman's death in a squalid shack at the edge of the swamp, they are drawn into the intrigue surrounding the woman's murder, but also into a shocking conspiracy that will cost January someone he loves dearly. These marvelous, colorful, evocative - and at times chilling - novels really are best read in order. Give yourself a treat and start reading Hambly's series soon. A 5.