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February 22, 2017


A Cotton Lee Penn Historical Mystery
Book  One
Tower Lowe



Polio disabled Cotton Lee's leg, but not her sexuality, not her mind, and not her ability to connect the murder of her friend Little Mary in 1972 to that of Bead Baker in 1932.

Gone on Sunday follows the lies of the Baker family, their black servants and the townspeople they knew in Homeville, Virginia. Alternating between 1972 and 1932, Cotton Lee's investigation into the murder of Bead Baker brings out secrets kept for decades. With suspects ranging from a housewife, to a cook, and even a rumored witch, Cotton Lee needs to find the solution to the first murder in order to know the history of the second.


Tower Lowe (aka: Donna Tower Pecherer) has published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and is the author of mystery novellas and a full length novel featuring Cinnamon and Burro. She lives in New Mexico.

 The author presents a well written book that weaves the story through a web of plots.  I loved that the characters were "real", they had problems, physical and emotional that "real people" have.  You could relate to them. The main character is Cotton Lee. We have a woman that isn't deterred by a disability, which is polio, and she's very smart. Her disability may have changed her some physically but it has only made her stronger in others. She goes after what is true, even though there are obstacles in her path.   The author gives us two murders,Mary, a friend of Cotton and Mary's grandmother,  years apart and yet they were murdered the same way.  Answers need to be found, who did it, why and was it the same person who committed the two murders of a grand-daughter and her grandmother?  The author brings out one of the main things of the South, racism.  Sure, we don't want to think it's there or that it's still there, but it is, unfortunately.  Mary's boyfriend, Walker, is the main suspect.  It was said that Walker abused Mary.  The author gives the reader a charming ole' south story, some of the traditions and of course, racial tensions.  The story gives the reader a realness of family and their history, loves, lies, and secrets.   The story will touch your heart.  Secrets can be kept but they have their toll, and eventually come to light.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  4 STARS. 


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