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The Neon Rain

James Lee Burke
Rated by
Hilary S.
Thursday, Jul 7, 2016

Detective Robicheaux finds a body floating in the bayou while he's on vacation. While out of his jurisdiction, he feels some responsibility to make sure that things are taken care of. Unfortunately for him, his persistence has ruffled all the wrong feathers, but he doesn't know whose or why this should be. As Robicheaux looks for more information, he is further entangled into a seedy web of crime. Sorting through all those threads seems to just bring more trouble, and less understanding. First, Robicheaux finds that he has been targeted, which is OK by him.

Midnight On the Mississippi

Mary Ellis
Rated by
Lisa J.
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015

Nicki Price has just arrived in the Big Easy with her newly minted private detective's license and the desire to get to work right away, hopefully with her cousin Nate Price who has his own detective agency. Nicki plans to use her investigative skills to not only help Nate and make some money but to solve her father's murder from years ago. Nate tries to put Nicki off but she won't be deterred and follows Nate to a client meeting and manages to insinuate herself into the investigation of a recent murder.

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015

Sheri Fink is an incredible investigator and writer. In Five Days at Memorial she takes an in-depth look at what happened at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The first section of the book covers what happened before, during and immediately following the hurricane.

An adult is standing in the foreground. The person is all dark, all you see is a dark outline with a light glow, or halo around the person. There is a house in the background with someone standing on the porch.

The Witching Hour

Anne Rice
Rated by
Diane H.
Friday, Dec 6, 2013

If you’re in the mood for a long book and like family histories with a supernatural twist, try The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. While the story is set in the same world as her vampire series, there are no vampires in this book. Instead, the tale of the Mayfair witches is told from their beginning several hundred years ago to the present.

Saturday, Oct 6, 2012

I bought this book at Faulkner House Books on Pirate’s Alley in New Orleans and read at least half of it in the New Orleans airport, on the plane and in the Chicago airport on the way home. Let’s put it this way: We were supposed to get home at 6:30 in the evening, but due to delays and a missed connection, we did not actually make

Burn by Nevada Barr

Rated by
Jane R.
Saturday, Sep 25, 2010

Anna Pigeon is back for a somewhat different tale of adventure and suspense. She’s not in a National Park this time, but visiting a friend in New Orleans for some R and R after her more recent traumas. Anna becomes caught up in the dark and ugly world of child trafficking. Clare, a Seattle actress, in one evening experienced the burning of her house, seeing the dead body of her husband and learning of the disappearance of her two young daughters.

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010

I'd give this a 3-star rating for personal enjoyment of the topic but a 5-star rating for being an essential historical document of the early 21st century. So a 4-star compromise it is.