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review 2016-09-08 04:15
A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe
A Lowcountry Wedding (Lowcountry Summer) - Mary Alice Monroe

 

The fourth and final (?) book in the Lowcountry Summer Series has lots of heart but there's a lot going on here and circumstances were a bit much for me to believe. While I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and the amazing setting, one of my favorite places in the world, this last offering left me rolling my eyes one too many times. However, the characters are lovely and there's a surprise addition to the Muir family that I never saw coming. I'll miss the girls, Mamaw, and, mostly, the sweet dolphin, Delphine.

 

The Lowcountry Summer series consists of four books. The other books in the series are:

#1 - THE SUMMER GIRLS ( my personal favorite.)

#2 - THE SUMMER WINDS

#3 - THE SUMMER'S END


FYI: As always, Monroe includes delicious southern recipes that were enjoyed at Sea Breeze. Enjoy the gumbo. =)

 

For more Mary Alice Monroe reading enjoyment, visit her website @
http://MaryAliceMonroe.com
Facebook.com/MaryAliceMonroe

 

 

 

*Many thanks to my local library, Breaux Bridge Public Library/St. Martin Parish Libraries, for adding this book after my many suggestions.

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review 2016-08-29 00:31
MALEVOLENT (Shay Archer, Book One) by Jana DeLeon
Malevolent - Jana Deleon

MALEVOLENT INDEED!!

 

Here I thought DeLeon's specialty was cozy mysteries. Wrong. While I'm enjoying the humorous MISS FORTUNE series, and was laughing out loud as I read the first book in the GHOST IN-LAW series, I'm totally hooked and creeped out (in a good way) by the Shaye Archer series. I started reading DeLeon's cozy mysteries last year and although I'm from Louisiana and should have been familiar with Jana DeLeon, I wasn't. An Aussie author friend half way around the world introduced me to DeLeon's writing. I'm loving Shaye Archer and I've already scored the next book in this stellar three book series, SINISTER. The last book, DIABOLICAL, was published earlier this month but I've yet to get a copy. Now, it's a must.

 

Shaye Archer is a New Orleans private investigator who just struck out on her own, both personally and professionally. Her first client is a woman who believes she's being stalked by her husband. Whom she killed just last month! Unable to get support or assistance from the NOPD, Emma hires Shaye to find the elusive, mysterious stalker. Shaye recognizes the fear in Emma's eyes and the tremble in her voice. With a dark, unsolved past of her own, Shaye knows what it's like to live in constant fear. That reason alone is why Emma chose Shaye.

 

 

 "she'd believe me...because of her own extraordinary story."
"I think it's no coincidence that Shaye became a private investigator. She doesn't have answers for herself, and my guess is she doesn't want anyone else to live in the shadow of darkness like she does." 



Together, Shaye and Emma will face a vengeful force so evil, it can only be described as MALEVOLENT.

 

As for the book, two words sum up my thoughts: Loved it!

 

 

 


MALEVOLENT is currently free on Amazon or you can get MALEVOLENT on Jana's website.

http://janadeleon.com/books/malevolent/overview

 


Visit Jana at:

http://www.janadeleon.com

Facebook @JanaDeLeonAuthor

Twitter: @JanaDeLeon

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text 2016-08-17 21:37
A Heart-Pounder
Malevolent (Shaye Archer Series) (Volume 1) by Jana DeLeon (2015-07-07) - Jana Deleon

I always enjoy DeLeon's stories but I've only ever read her cozy mysteries. This is the first book in the Shaye Archer series and it's anything but cozy. Its down right frightening. I'm a victim/survivor of years of frustrating, terrifying, abusive stalking and harassment. Emma's story hits home hard but it was Shaye Archer's mysterious past that initially drew me in. Discovered wandering the French Quarter bloodied, bruised, and incoherent, an unidentified teenaged girl becomes a puzzling mystery to New Orleans police and a prominent social worker. The young girl is completely void of memory and NOPD is unable to identify her. Doctors estimate the girl's age to be fifteen or so. With no name, memory, or identification, the girl's past is erased and Shaye Archer is born. 

 

Seriously, so very good. So far, at least. I've never known Jana DeLeon to disappoint.

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review 2016-08-16 04:17
LAGNIAPPE by Brian W. Smith
Lagniappe - a novella - Brian W. Smith
Four army buddies reunite in New Orleans.

After years of separation, a group of men gather for fun and catch up on old times. The guys have a great time but time has a way of changing some. All is not as it seems and no one will leave New Orleans the same as they arrived.

I was kind of worried when I reached the half way point and very little had transpired. I mean, as expected, the guys were having a great time but I was beginning to question my need to read further. However, things suddenly took an interesting turn and I found myself reading faster. Smith takes his sweet time building up the story. Once there, oh my! Really packs a punch to the gut. Worth the quick read.

FYI: The oyster's at Acme Oyster House AND Drago's really are that good. Always a must when in New Orleans.
 
 Charbroiled oysters at Drago's are better than good.

 

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review 2016-08-08 04:44
THE DEVIL IN CANAAN PARISH by Jackie Shemwell
The Devil in Canaan Parish by Jackie Shemwell (2015-10-21) - Jackie Shemwell

Vieux Diable

 

Wow! Just wow!!

I happened to find this dark and sinister read while browsing Amazon. (It was FREE at the time of download.) What a great find this was! I'd have gladly paid for this eBook. As a proud Louisianian, I enjoy reading southern fiction and stories that take place in the heart of Cajun country. Being familiar with a setting can really bring a story to life. It was very easy to imagine the players here in Canaan Parish. Overall, fantastic setting, a slow buildup to an explosive ending. Gave me chills.

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