Sunday, January 31, 2016
Life Ain't Easy in the Big Easy
For those of you who don't know - I love New Orleans. Shocker, I know.
Due to recent events in my life (new boyfriend, more cons and events, extra vacation time), my time in New Orleans has grown quite a bit as of late. Years ago, the only time I would ever visit would be for Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. Now, it's whenever I feel like it. The food, the people, the culture(s), the history, the magick, all of it. I just love that city.
And yet, although I love the city, I also know that it has a dark side as well. The crime, the murders, the . . . whatever else you can imagine. I have spent many a time talking with a good friend of mine about the darker side of the city and with every story she tells me, I only want to know more. Such was the case when I finally sat down to read The Bourbon Street Ripper - Sins of the Father by author and friend Leo King. Although it has been a while since I read a mystery (the last one regarding a certain man named Holmes), this book did not disappoint and even added extra biscuits to the already wonderful meal of Death and family secrets.
I hate to be cliched, but this book grabbed me from page one, in which a voodoo ceremony in 1972 goes horribly wrong, and kept me glued to the story until the cliffhanger ending. Thankfully, books two and three are completed, so I know that a bulk order is in my future. King creates a New Orleans that most of us are familiar with and yet it feels like a strange new breed just ready to be explored and sampled. His characters truly capture the essence of what it means to live in New Orleans and southern Louisiana; even the character Ritchie, the best selling mystery author from Pittsburgh, seems to have sprinkles of the city all over him. When I sent a message to Leo telling him how much I loved the book, I also informed him that I had ideas about the identity of the murderer - of which I'm probably wrong!