‘Lena’ by Malcolm R Campbell

So glad finally to have got around to consuming this third part of Campbell’s magic realism trilogy. I have been looking forward to it for ages.

Like the first two books, it is set in the Florida Panhandle, where Jesus co-exists happily with haints and hexes. This time the story rests with the ‘sweet kitty’, Lena, her conjure woman Eulalie being … indisposed.

The local police intend to kill Eulalie and stop her meddling with their illegal schemes. But she is a very powerful conjure woman, so Lena believes there is just a chance Eulalie may have survived their efforts to murder her. Meanwhile, it is a dark time for anyone who tries to speak truth to power, and increasingly evil deeds are done by those who should uphold the law – all observed by Lena. Events are, indeed, pushed and pulled into shape by Lena in ways that will be familiar to anyone who has ever been manipulated by a cat.

It has to be said that the cat narrator stretches credulity in places, and sometimes leads to a little muddle about point of view. But this is magic realism, and there’s a lot going on in this short book, so stick with it and enjoy the ride.

If you haven’t come across this series of three short books before then do start at the beginning. They are now issued as a complete set which you can find under the title ‘Florida Folk Magic Stories’. If you like magic realism and/or tales of the Deep South in the USA (with the Ku Klux Klan an’ all) you will certainly enjoy these well-written little volumes, full of intrigue, clever critturs (perhaps unsurprisingly, Joe Moore is my hero) and comeuppances. You can safely invest in the box set.

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Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed.

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