Cherie Claire



Cherie Claire is the award-winning author of two Louisiana romance series and the Viola Valentine paranormal mystery series, the latest of which, Trace of a Ghost, came out Valentine’s Day. She lives in Lafayette where she works as a food and travel writer, author of several nonfiction books about Louisiana, and the book blog, Louisiana Book News, written under her real name of Cheré Dastugue Coen.

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Noon to 12:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Louisiana Ladies of Mystery

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Trace of a Ghost: A Viola Valentine Mystery

Award-winning novelist Cherie Claire continues her paranormal mystery series as travel writer Viola Valentine takes a trek down the historic Natchez Trace of Mississippi. Traveling with her is an adventurous heiress who’s been dead since 1860 and a living fellow travel writer who’s not what he seems. In the end, it’s a showdown between good and evil, and a bargain made with the devil at the crossroads may be Viola’s final undoing.

Book Three in the Viola Valentine Paranormal Mystery Series.


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