Category Archives: NOLA

Blues Highway Blues (A Crossroads Thriller) – Eyre Price

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Poor mannish boy, Danny, hear me        singing straight at you You know you sold your soul. And now          you’ve lost that                 … Continue reading

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Heirloom: A New Orleans Thriller – Lisa Rey (Author), LD Sledge (Contributor)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…probably the most incredible story that ever came out of a city that was accustomed to sordid weirdness from Voodoo to political murder…how can a world so beautiful to the eye conceal such sick human behavior … Continue reading

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Baronne Street – Kent Westmoreland

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “The morning sun transformed into a rainbow as it passed through beveled-glass panes and formed a halo around Coco’s tousled black hair Her olive features and brown saucer eyes never looked more vibrant. I melted like … Continue reading

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New Orleans Noir The Classics – edited by Julie Smith

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “A hurricane is supposed to have a beginning and an end. It tears the earth up, fills the air with fling trees and bricks and animals and sometimes even people, make you roll up into a … Continue reading

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Run Baby Run – Michael Allen Zell

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “He’d been in two worlds his whole life. His tender spot. What gave him perspective and experience beyond most people. It was also what could wound him to the quick like nothing else. Why he lived … Continue reading

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The Axeman – Ray Celestin

(Reviewed by JD Jung) The following  was submitted to the Times-Picayune on May 6, 1919. “…I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police … Continue reading

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Madam: A Novel of New Orleans – Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Everything I have, everything I am, I owe to them–to her. …Her family tree was but a stump. And yet, the riches she bestowed upon me: my education, my inheritance…This house, in all its faded elegance, … Continue reading

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More of This World or Maybe Another – Barb Johnson

(Reviewed by JD Jung) I’m usually critical of short stories. They tend to leave me unsatisfied, wanting more. I’m left unsure of what makes the characters tick, and what ultimately happens to them. So needless to say when I was visiting … Continue reading

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Errata – Michael Allen Zell

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “New Orleans seems to exist as a blank slate for outsiders to grasp and cast their own aspirations, pretenses, and prejudices upon. A few of the outsiders always end up lingering, holding fast, and adding to … Continue reading

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French Quarter Drinking Companion – Allison Alsup, Elizabeth Pearce, and Richard Read

(Reviewed by Pat Luboff) Imagine hitting every watering hole in New Orleans and soaking in the ambiance and the cocktails! These writers must have had a lot of fun doing research for this book. French Quarter Drinking Companion takes you … Continue reading

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