Book Review: Memphis Hoodoo Murders by: Kathryn Rogers


Publisher: Sartoris Literary Group

Publication Date: August 15, 2015

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: Addie Jackson has witnessed people trying to kill her family her entire life, and now her grandparents’ attackers are hunting her. The Memphis police are never able to catch these crooks since the cops have been bewitched to stay away. Her grandparents, Pop and Grandma, habitually lie to Addie, but she is attentive enough to overhear the secrets they keep from her. In her predictive dreams, Addie regularly sees future events which disturb her, but to her dismay, she has never been able to stop them from coming true. She often dreams of a dark character, who she is later shocked to discover is the Man, a devil from hoodoo legend. 

Addie is disturbed to discover she is being stalked by a witch doctor named Hoodoo Helen. To make matters worse, the more secrets Addie uncovers, the more danger she finds. Addie presses Grandma for answers about the power behind the ring and pocket watch she often toys with, but Grandma remains tight-lipped. Knowing their deaths are imminent, Grandma makes a deal with the hoodoo devil to take care of Addie, and Addie is later horrified to discover that her beloved family has been murdered. John, a family friend, steps in to help Addie, and she soon realizes he knows more about her family’s tainted past than she ever has. Addie begins receiving cryptic letters from her deceased grandmother, which reveal a shocking family history revolving around slavery, time travel, and magic. 

If Addie can survive jail, her cousin’s abduction, threats from a menacing gang, corrupt law enforcement, and hoodooed attacks, maybe she can finally dream of a future where she will be safe and free.

Review: Addie Jackson has always known her grandparents keep secrets from her, but she has no idea how powerful these secrets are until it’s too late. MEMPHIS HOODOO MURDERS is Addie’s induction into an enigmatic world of danger, power, and intrigue. Addie doesn’t have a lot of help, but her grandparents have made sure she has some potent people on her side. MEMPHIS HOODOO MURDERS is a solid, well-paced story, with interesting characters, strange magicks, and a picturesque setting.

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