Book Review: Dance on His Grave (Sidra Smart #1) by Sylvia Dickey Smith

Sidra Smart, rookie private eye, struggles to survive her own internal conflicts as she plunges into a surreal world of passion and murder. This mystery/suspense novel transports the reader to the exotic land where Texas and Louisiana meet in the middle of alligator-infested swamps, a land once inhabited by cannibalistic Indians, Jim Bowie, and Jean Lafitte, and where, today, Cajuns and cowboys are king and setting itself becomes character. Fifty-year-old Sidra Smart is not your ordinary rookie private eye. A recently divorced preacher's wife, she knows zip about running the private detective business she's just inherited from her brother. A lifetime spent up on a pedestal, inside a fishbowl before her husband's congregation has left Sid ill prepared to face the dark world of criminal investigation. But face it she does when her first client bursts in with vague flashbacks of a grisly thirty-year-old murder committed by the woman's father. Soon, Sid plunges into a surreal world of danger and intrigue where passion burns as hot as the memories of child abuse, arson and murder. The interaction between Sid, meddlesome Aunt Annie, and Cajun-speaking, rot-gut drinking mentor, George L├ęger, forms the core of this character-driven novel.

Thank you Ms. Leger, for sharing this fun book with me!  It was a nice read.  Going off of the summary I wasn't sure about it but it proved to be a good book.  I like the way Smith writes and the way Sidra thinks.  Books written in the third person are not usually my favorite, but this one flowed well.  I especially like that it takes place in Southeast Texas.  It was neat to read about Sidra going to eat at Esther's seafood restaurant and driving on roads that I drive all the time.

Just One Gripe:
Roy Manly is so depraved, I felt dirty reading about his life.

The Best Thing About This Book:
I liked the ending.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  4/5
Plot:  3/5
Setting/Imagery:  3/5
Originality:  3/5
Ending:  4/5
Total Score:  17/25

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