Kya is an abandoned child in the remote marshlands of North Carolina, and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is her fictional coming-of-age story. She survives by eating mussels-in-grits, befriending the gulls and boating into town for essentials. You can tell this novel is written by a wildlife scientist; it is a celebration of nature. Then Kya’s private world is disturbed—first by a love triangle, then by a murder mystery. Read this when you’re in the mood for a book with very strong sense of place and a refreshingly straightforward approach to crime fiction. It is Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel meets To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Best paired with chicken-fried steak, mash and gravy, turnips, coleslaw, biscuits, pecan pie with ice cream. Amen.