As an ABNA Quarter-Finalist, I won a Publishers Weekly review of my manuscript, They Called Her La Llorona:
This unique mystery features a father/daughter team determined to prove the innocence of a prime suspect in a horrible murder. Jesse Giles Clacher is technically retired as a New Mexico Marshal, estranged from his daughter Colette, thanks to his second marriage to Sadie. When a woman collapses into the restaurant where Clacher’s retirement dinner is being held (reminding them of the La Llorona legend), and her two little girls are found dead in the river and she is accused of the murder, Clacher can’t let it go, or let his successor railroad the woman. He calls his daughter, an expert on the La Llorona myths, and convinces her to come “home” to help him on the case. She is intrigued enough to agree. Although it starts as a way to avoid dealing with her boyfriend’s proposal, it quickly becomes a commitment to proving the woman’s innocence. However, there is a great deal going on behind the scenes in a story that is original and intriguing.
Some of my Amazon Customer reviews were positive, too (although they made some interesting spelling choices):
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was hooked from page one and stayed that way till the excerpt ended. I desperately want to read the rest because I just know that Clatcher’s bad day is about to get worse in the best way possible.
Kudos to the author. I look forward to more from Courtney Floyd.
Here’s a brief description of what they were reviewing:
Jesse Clacher thought he’d seen everything his small, New Mexico village could toss his way. After fifteen years serving as the village Marshal, he’s finally resigned—fed up with the endless politics and monotony. Then, she shows up. Her tattered dress is covered in fresh blood. Her skin is a maze of cuts and scrapes. She’s barefoot, and her hysterical wailing about some children and a river completely disrupts Clacher’s retirement party—much to his relief. When two small bodies are discovered on a nearby riverbank not long afterward, Clacher sets out on what might be the last — and biggest — case of his career. He’s convinced that someone has framed this woman, set her up to look like the Southwest’s most infamous prolicidal ghost: La Llorona. Only trouble is, he’s got no idea why the real killer would go to all that trouble, all of the evidence points to the woman, and he’s got no way to prove his hunch. He needs the help of an expert in Southwestern folklore, an expert who just happens to be his estranged daughter, if he wants to keep the woman out of prison and put the real killer behind bars. But what else is he gonna do with his time, fish?