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‘Memphis Hoodoo Murders’
by Kathryn Rogers

If I told you that people had been trying to kill my family and me my entire life, you would probably think I was being paranoid, but it’s not paranoia if it’s real.

Sometimes healthy people run for exercise, and oftentimes energetic individuals run for fun. In my neck of the woods, you run just ahead to stay alive. Today I only hoped that the gang members didn’t murder me so I could make it home in one piece. My legs were pumping so hard I thought they might fall off.


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Just a very short post this time around, as her in the UK, New Year’s day is for many, a public holiday and we have visitors arriving for the day. However, I do hope that these opening lines are intriguing enough to make you want to consider reading on!



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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Elizabeth,

      If you check out the synopsis, you will see that this is definitely a mystery with a difference!

      Something completely different for me to get my teeth into 🙂

      I hope that the Christmas / New Year celebrations were good for you and here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2016 🙂

  • Wonderful share. It puts me in mind of that saying ‘Just because your paranoid someone is out to get you it doesn’t mean they are not’ – or something like that anyway.

    Best wishes for the new year Yvonne, I hope 2016 is good to you.

    • Hi Tracy,

      According to Goodreads …

      “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

      … Is a quote from the book ‘Catch 22’ by Joseph Heller, although not having read the book, I can’t confirm that.

      Either way, this is a great start to a story and I can’t wait to read on some more !

      I hope that you too, enjoyed your Christmas and New Year festivities and I would like to wish you and yours, all the best for 2016 🙂

  • Oh, yes… I added this to my wish list when you featured it before. I definitely think it sounds good!

    I’m reading “Passing by Samaria” by Sharon Ewell Foster. It’s my first selection for the What’s in a Name Challenge.

    “In the spring in Mississippi there were perfect days. They were storybook days.”

    Happy New Year, Yvonne!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Certainly a different take on a thriller and an education to know that ‘Hoodoo – Voodoo’ still exists in some parts of the world, including the US, if my research about Memphs is to be believed!
      The first few lines of ‘Passing By Samaria’ didn’t really shout ‘read me’, although they wouldn’t have made me set the book aside either.

      I checked out the full synopsis though and decided that both this and many others of Sharon’s books, really had me intrigued. In fact, Sharon sounds like an interesting person and although unfortunately, I couldn’t find a website, there are one or two really insightful interviews with her, which have been published.

      Definitely an author worth considering for the future, thanks for sharing and Happy New Year 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      This is most definitely a fiction novel, although having done a bit of digging around, the story might well have its roots in a bit more truth and reality, than many might realise!

      There appears to be an area of Memphis known locally as ‘Voodoo Village’, although only the residents reading the book will know just how much of the story is truth and how much fiction!

      Thanks for taking an interest in this week’s lines. I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas and would like to wish you all the best for the New Year 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      This book is unlike anything I have read before, so a whole new form of fiction writing for me to engage with.

      Anything involving ‘Hoodoo – Voodoo’ sounds as though it could be quite intense, if my limited research is anything to go by.

      Definitely a cultural phenomenon that I thought only existed in certain parts of the world and most definitely not in modern US cultures! Although, here in Somerset UK, we have an active modern Druid community, which also has its own unique doctrines, which are possibly quiet alien to modern day livng!

      How fiction writing can broaden my horizons as much as any historical tome!

      I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and that 2016 will be happy, healthy and kind to you and yours 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I am actually quite pleased that it is all over and we are back in a normal routine this week. At least I know what day it is now when I get up in the morning 🙂

      It sounds as though your Christmas ‘gaming’ rivalry kept you both busy, but I hope that you took some time out to celebrate the New Year!

      I hope that 2016 is a happy and healthy one for you and yours 🙂

Written by Yvonne