Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Red Bride's Noose by Alexandra Swistak
Camille Hayer should be preparing for a job interview—not ordered to pack her
bags for a cousin’s wedding in
rural Orissa. India is the last place on earth she would go to willingly; it’s
where her sister disappeared thirteen years ago.
On arrival, Camille’s bag is brutally snatched and her family is more concerned
about catching a train. No ticket, no passport, and adapting to third world
conditions is the least of her worries when a body is found in the sugar cane
Without forensic specialists, Inspector Chandra Bhan accepts the monumental
task of finding a calculating killer. In the midst of a poisonous agenda,
Camille breaks the ban of silence about Samara and a gruesome truth leads her
to question everything she knew about her family.
Against this backdrop, Chandra grapples for a motive, but this is a crazy
marriage obsessed society and the murder of a stranger is hardly a worthy
curiosity. While she treads carefully through ancient rituals, scorching
daylight blurs into the night and nothing is as it seems. A second body is
discovered, sinister lies unfold and Camille’s father becomes prime
Then Camille makes a connection, but is she too late to escape the red bride's
Author Bio: Alexandra Swistak has traveled the world in her study of languages, culture and
architecture. She has degrees in education and art history, specializing in
Early Renaissance paintings. A dream job move to Asia triggered a career change
by the time she returned to Canada. She brings art, travel and an interest in
the supernatural to her writing.
She now lives with her husband in Vancouver, BC.