Why did I love this book?
I’ve always been a huge fan of mystery novels, especially ones of the noir variety. Attica Locke brings this genre into rural East Texas with her series featuring Darren Mathews, a Black Texas Ranger. Bluebird, Bluebird kicks the series off with Mathews investigating two murders in a small town—a Black lawyer from Chicago and a White woman from the town of Lark. Locke crafts an incredibly satisfying and tense mystery while also exploring the complicated way race and racism thread into Mathews’ work in law enforcement and the town of Lark itself. Add in complex characterization and a stunningly atmospheric setting, and you have a can’t-miss novel.