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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Cajun Lawman Series
  • Series Number:2
  • Pages:338
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667865973

Once Upon a Time...there was a Girl

Troubles at Blue Bayou

by J. F. Kearney View publisher's profile page

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Introducing… Once upon a Time there was a Girl: Troubles in Blue Bayou by J F Kearney JF Kearney, author of Once Upon a Time there was a Girl: A Murder at Mobile Bay, is back with her second installment in the Cajun Lawman murder mystery series. Tom Mallory, the complicated Cajun law man with the dogged moral compass, finds himself ensnarled in a mysterious disappearance of a woman who was a childhood love he left behind. Now a beloved and prominent evangelist in Blue Bayou, Louisiana, Callindra Tucker has gone missing. Who would hurt the beautiful preacher?
"My Calli…our Calli is missing, Tom." Delia Tucker's midnight call to Tom Mallory changes his plans, and his life. The tears from a woman he'd never known to cry, and the desperation in her voice forced Tom Mallory to remember the night he'd walked away from the woman's daughter, Calli Tucker, and never look back. And now, he realizes, the guilt had never disappeared. Tom's search for the girl-turned evangelist, forces Tom to revisit his past, something he has never liked doing. He must recall his time in Blue Bayou, and the girl he'd hurt when he'd left so suddenly. Tom wouldn't know that young Calli secretly delivered a child at a New Orleans Catholic orphanage and had tearfully left her baby girl with the nuns who promised they'd find a perfect home for the beautiful Lucia Benet. He wouldn't know that in spite of the fact that the five-month-old Lucia was adopted by prominent Louisiana Senator Kent Whittington, and his socialite wife Cindy King Whittington, the child's life was anything but perfect. At nine, Lucia overhears a phone conversation in which her mother's rant reveals the imperfection of her life. It is at this moment she begins her quest to discover her own identity. A search that leads to heartbreak and disaster in the small town of Blue Bayou, Louisiana. Lucia's dogged search for the mother she needs as much as she hates, brings trouble into Blue Bayou, reveals unbelievable truths about those in Calli Tucker's closest circle, and leaves the good pastor on the brink of death.
About the author
Janis Faye Kearney grew up in rural Arkansas, the daughter of cotton sharecroppers. The author and publisher writes stories about hers and other southerners' lives through short stories, memoir, autobiography, biography, and fiction. Janis served as publisher of the historical Arkansas State Press founded by civil rights legends Daisy Gatson Bates and L.C. Bates, and as Personal Diarist to America's 42nd President William J. Clinton. In 2014, after the death of literary icon Maya Angelou, she founded the Celebrate! Maya Project, a 501.C.3 nonprofit, which serves as a bridge for young people in search of their own voices, and a forum for youth to learn their history and create their own stories, through writing workshops, literary competition, and public forums. Janis was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame in 2016, and in 2014, received the prestigious University of Arkansas Lemke Journalism Award. She resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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