Series: Darla Cavannah

The Legacy by Gary Gusick

Posted November 29, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Legacy by Gary GusickThe Legacy by Gary Gusick
Series: Darla Cavannah #3
Published by Alibi on December 6, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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When the governor of Mississippi requests her help, Yankee transplant Darla Cavannah can hardly say no—even if the timing couldn’t be worse. She and her dreamy husband, Dr. Stephen Nicoletti, have just been approved to adopt a baby girl in China, and getting wrapped up in a high-profile homicide will almost certainly complicate, if not derail, all their plans. But as Governor Wilson Burnett relays the details of the case, Darla feels deep sympathy—and blinding outrage at a promising life cut short.

On the campus of prestigious Ole Miss, a young African American student has been found killed just hours after her initiation into a previously segregated sorority. The murder would be shocking under any circumstances, but this student is Caitlin Burnett—the white governor’s adopted daughter.

With public outrage building and media coverage intensifying, Darla’s partner, Rita Gibbons, proves invaluable. Her deep roots in the community—or “trailer trash cred”—helps considerably as the crime-solving pair sift fact from fiction. If this murder was racially motivated, why does the most damning evidence appear to have been staged? As the trail leads from Caitlin’s fellow Delta Betas to radical white supremacists and her father’s political enemies, the detectives close in on the disturbing truth—and a devious manipulator pulling all the strings.

 

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Darla Cavannah is back, now working for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and anticipating the adoption of a baby girl from China. Just as she’s preparing to file papers for time off for impending motherhood, she’s requested to lead the investigation of an apparent hate crime. A young Black woman was discovered hanging from a tree on the Old Miss campus. She’s not just any girl…her father’s the most well known man in the state.

 
Only Gusick could write this timely story of modern racism with wit, honesty and intelligence. You’re drawn into the story, which is rapidly paced without being rushed. He doesn’t indict anyone, leaving it up to the reader to form any judgments…or not.

 
Darla is one of my most favorite fictional characters and she has some moments here that are just outstanding. The breakout character, however, is her partner, Rita Gibbons, who will have you in stitches. But make no mistake, these are two extremely capable investigators who no one would underestimate.

 
The case has quite a few twists but not the kind that are done to entertain the reader. It’s an excellent procedural and the culture of the region is perfectly captured. There are no caricatures here. I love this series and devoured this book, hoping for more to come.

About Gary Gusick

Gary Gusick is a former advertising executive with more than thirty years experience as a copywriter and creative director. He is a winner of numerous national and international awards for creative excellence in advertising. The Last Clinic is his first novel.


The King is Back! Officer Elvis by Gary Gusick

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Posted February 4, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

Darla Cavannah is back, this time as a lieutenant for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, still working under Shelby who’s the regional director. She’s investigating the murder of her former hapless partner who also moonlighted as an Elvis impersonator.   Gusick again manages to capture the endearing aspects of the Southern locale, from the vernacular to the politics and social customs of the community. The case is interesting, taking some interesting turns while immersed in the fandom of Elvis Presley and the world of his impersonators.   I really enjoyed this story and how it deftly fused mystery and suspense with intelligent humor. The characters are creatively and expertly developed, providing me with a truly pleasurable reading experience. And, if you haven’t read the first […]


Review: The Last Clinic by Gary Cusick

Review: The Last Clinic by Gary Cusick

Posted February 4, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

The setup It’s been six months since Detective Darla Cavannah’s husband, Hugh, died in a car crash. She’s roused from her leave of absence when her boss, the county sheriff, calls her in to help with a controversial murder case. She’s “partnered” with another detective who’s more infamous for being an Elvis impersonator than his investigative skills. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, the cultural views of the town share equal space with the hard facts of the investigation. The issues The murder victim is the renowned Rev. Jimmy Aldridge who most recently has been holding vigil each morning outside the local women’s health clinic in a pretty outrageous manner. And, it’s where he was murdered in the early morning hours. The politics around the case are […]