The Cutting Season

The Cutting SeasonThe Cutting Season by Attica Locke.

This contemporary mystery set on an antebellum plantation in Louisiana sugar country doubles as a Southern gothic told from an African American perspective.  Two stories are entwined in one seamless narrative, as Caren Gray, manager of the once-thriving plantation that now hosts tours and weddings, tries to figure out how a dead body would up on the grounds - and ends up discovering a disturbing story involving her own ancestor.  The audio version is on CD and is read beautifully by Quincy Tyler Bernstine.