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Publisher's Summary

In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Edgar Award winner Lori Roy wrests from a Southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations.

On a dark Kentucky night in 1952, exactly halfway between her 15th and 16th birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don't go near Baines - not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before - but armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family's lavender fields toward the well on the Baines' place. At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well, and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for.

It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year Annie's aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna's eyes, and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served - or did she?

As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie's dread mounts. Juna will come home now to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna's return and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

©2015 Lori Roy (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 2016

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Was Not Impressed

Would you try another book from Lori Roy and/or Andi Arndt and Emily Woo Zeller ?

Absolutely not.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let Me Die in His Footsteps?

There were none.

How could the performance have been better?

If the readers had tried to remember that the story was set in rural Kentucky and spoke the dialogue so that they did not sound like a couple Weather Channel women.

Did Let Me Die in His Footsteps inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to research lavender farming in Kentucky because nothing regarding farming tobacco or lavender rang true.

Any additional comments?

I used to rely on the people who select Edgar winners to find new authors and excellent books. I will no longer trust them.

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Very good story

I really liked this story of simpler times. It was an easy listen and it drew me in to find out how their lives would turn out. It's not flashy or on the edge of your seat thrilling, but there was something about it, that made me not want to stop listening.

The narrator's did an excellent job of letting the story flow. There is nothing worse, when the narrator's voice distracts you from the actual story.

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Moving!

Capturing a time and place unfamiliar to most, the author weaves a story that is haunting and totally unpredictable. The performers' accents are spot on. Together they paint a vivid portrait of this rural community and its heroes and villians.

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Watching Paint Dry Would Have Been More Fun.

The only saving grace for this book is the narration. I found the book boring and I could not get invested in the characters. The parts about tobacco farming did not ring true... don't waste your credit.

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Pleasantly Surprised

First off; Andi Arndt is the Greatest! I chose this book because it was in the plus catalog and Andi was one of the Narrators but I got so involved into the story that I listened straight through. Great story, great author and the Narrators killed it!

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The book starts off extremely slooowww but after beginning it is a really good story. the narrative time liness are well done with the switching of 1936 & 1952

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Kept me engaged

I've got to say I really enjoyed this book, as you can see from the rating I gave. There's an intriguing family mystery and a little bit of the supernatural. The story flows well where it might have been confusing. Having two narrators really helped and they both did a great job. There are probably some negative reviews about this book, I haven't checked, but hope mine helps if you like something a little different in the historical mystery category.

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Really an amazing book!

I wasn’t sure I’d like this book when I first started reading it, but very soon into it I was hooked. This is just one of those books that makes you guess and wonder the whole way through. I figured out a couple small things before the truth was revealed, but I think it was meant to be that way. It didn’t take from the suspense, it added to it. I think the reader was meant to “know” certain things, and just like I did, read on, captivated, waiting to have their suspicions confirmed. Other questions and mysteries remain until the very end. I wouldn’t dare spoil anything for possible future readers, but I definitely recommend you read the book for yourself.

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Awesome narration

Loved both the story and how it was told! I'm looking forward to more stories from this author.

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Edgar?

I bought this because it had won an Edgar Award. How is a mystery. I listened as long as I could trying to detect a story. Finally I escaped.