When some white boys rape and murder a black girl named Mattie near the sawmill, the police have no suspects and don’t intend to find any. According to tradition, any white man could rape any black woman without consequences, much less condemnation.
Eulalie, who sees conjure as a way of helping the good Lord work His will, intends to set things right by “laying tricks.” But Eulalie has secrets of her own, and it’s hard not to look back on her own life and ponder how the decisions she made while drinking and singing at the local juke were, perhaps, the beginning of Mattie’s ending.
Washerwoman knows how to cover his tracks with the magic he learned from Florida's most famous root doctor, Uncle Monday. He's more illusive than hen's teeth, more dangerous than the Klan, and threatens to brutally remove any obstacle in the way of his profits. He runs the local policy gambling rackets--and about everything else with the consent and cooperation of the police, mayor, and upstanding white movers and shakers.
In this follow up to Conjure Woman's Cat, Eulalie and Lena face their greatest challenge with scarce support from townspeople who are scared of their own shadows.
Website for author Malcolm R. Campbell
The Florida Folk Magic series is set in the fictional town of Torreya 53 miles west of Tallahassee in the "other-Florida" world of the panhandle of the 1950s when the Ku Klux Klan, police officers, church elders, city fathers, and your next door neighbor were hard to tell apart. The sunshine state advertised itself as a playground and that's what northern snowbirds saw. Residents, especially African Americans, saw it as a world of terror.