“This well-written page-turner will keep the reader entertained throughout.” – Christy Tillery French
“Move over Stephanie Plum and Annie Darling . . . there’s a new sassy sleuth on the scene! With atmospheric descriptions of rural East Texas and character-driven plots, [Smith] has a real knack for crafting a quality thriller.” – Chick Lit Café
Sidra Smart is not your ordinary P.I. A recently divorced preacher’s wife, at age 50, Sid knows next to nothing about running the private-detective business she’s inherited from her brother. But her first client bursts in with flashbacks of a 30-year-old murder.
The story takes place in and around Orange, Texas, a region filled with colorful characters, good food, and dark secrets. Dance on His Grave is the first in the Sidra Smart mystery series.
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“With a little help from a ghostly sidekick, a floppy-eared hound, a meddlesome aunt, and a trusty Cajun-tongued detective, Sidra combs through a lurid web of secrets, lies, and deceit that spans more than half a century.” – Chick Lit Café
When Sid’s second case requires that she clear the name of a dead man, she will have to face a baffling series of crimes, a burned-out office, the disappearance of a local preacher’s wife, and the recurring suspicion that answers lurk in the alligator-infested bayous of the Texas/Louisiana border region.
To boot, Sid moves into a ghost-active house and discovers that tales going back to the Civil War might hold the key to the lives of those trapped in an unholy web of deception.
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Sidra Smart’s search for an elusive pirate schooner stirs up a bayou bonanza of treasure hunters, smugglers, and the spirits of the infamous Jean Lafitte and his pirate queen, Mary Anne Radcliff.
New P.I. Sid Smart, ex-preacher’s wife, is back for another puzzling case, as she tackles the strange tale of Boo Murphy, who has just been accused of murder. When Boo tells a tale of stumbling on the Hotspur, Lafitte’s privateering schooner, half-buried in a Texas swamp, most everyone is convinced she’s not telling the whole truth.
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Sylvia Dickey Smith is the author of the Sidra Smart mystery series and an award-winning World War II homefront novel, A War of Her Own. She lives in Georgetown, Texas.
Best Novel of the Year – Press Women of Texas
“If you’ve never read a Sylvia Dickey Smith novel before . . . Her love of Southeast Texas comes through in her descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of the swamp. Crammed with plot twists, lush atmosphere, and memorable characters, Smith’s talent shines in this rollicking mystery. We don’t get many protagonists like Boo in crime fiction . . . but we should!” – Chick Lit Café
In The Swamp Whisperer, Sidra’s friend Boo Murphy – a cranky old swamp-rat who prefers to spend time hunting and fishing in her pirogue to spending time with people – is pulled into a strange world when she discovers a deserted brush-hut deep in the bayou. The discovery leads Boo deeper and deeper into a clandestine effort to resurrect a cultural site for the indigenous Atakapa-Ishak natives. But are the leaders legit, or do they have other self-serving passions?
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