Synopsis: PI Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison head to New Orleans at the behest of Nicole’s uncle, movie producer Charles Balfour, when his megastar, A-list actor Kirk Ford, awakens in his hotel bed with the body of Kristi Guidry, a local college coed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. And, to make matters worse, Kristi is the niece of a local mafioso-type who will do whatever is necessary to avenge her death. Balfour is losing money every day the filming is stalled—he needs his actor cleared, and quickly.Surrounded by glitzy Hollywood stars and intimidated by seedy underworld characters, Jake and Nicole encounter nothing but obstacles. Something isn’t right. The facts don’t fit. Who would want Kristi dead? Why frame Kirk for the murder? Everyone has an opinion, including Kristi’s friends and ex-boyfriend, the local homicide detectives, and a fortune-teller. The clock is ticking as Jake and Nicole struggle to decipher who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and exactly who schemed to murder Kristi Guidry. Nothing is easy in The Big Easy.
My review: I’m not entirely sure about this one. I quite liked the characters. The book flowed quite well and was quick and easy to read. However I just didn’t think much of the plot. I was really confused by the calls to Jake by his ex-wife as they served no purpose at all except to annoy him and I can’t see why I should care. They had no bearing on the plot or helped it move along. Seemed to be there to up the word count only.
Hollywood actor Kirk Ford is suspected of murdering his current plaything but when tox results come back showing both Ford and girlfriend were drugged before the murder t becomes a bit of a locked room mystery. My issue is the gangsters and it’s a personal preference her but no matter what country the book is set I just don’t like anything with mobsters in.
There’s far too much sitting around eating meals or having sex in the shower. They don’t seem to spend much time on the murder at all and when the big reveal happens, the murderer just gives n with a sigh and some tears. No drama whatsoever.
So I think the idea in principle is good and I do like the dynamics between the characters. I would like a bit more of a story next time
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