No Mardi Gras for the Dead by D J Donaldson *Stephanie’s Review*

Posted December 27th, 2014 by in *Review / 0 comments

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No Mardi Gras for the Dead by D J Donaldson *Stephanie’s Review*No Mardi Gras for the Dead by D J Donaldson
Also by this author: Bad Karma in the Big Easy
Series: Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery #3
Also in this series: Bad Karma in the Big Easy
Published by MacMillan, St. Martin's Press
Genres: Mystery, Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 229
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

The author of the critically acclaimed mysteries Cajun Nights and Blood on the Bayou once again returns to the irresistible world of New Orleans, with its rich ambiance of desire and dark drama, to tell a story of hidden secrets and murder. Dr. Kit Franklyn is sexy, smart, and a top criminal psychologist. She's also an amateur horticulturist, but when she decides to put a new rose trellis in her garden, she doesn't count on her dog Lucky discovering a human jawbone. Kit immediately calls her partner and friend, Chief Medical Examiner Andy Broussard, and his forensic skills are put to the test as he and his team slowly exhume the twenty-five-year-old skeleton of a young woman who clearly did not die a natural death. But exactly when was she murdered, and why? And, most important, who killed her? The trail leads Broussard and Kit back in time to a mysterious evening among friends at medical school over two decades before and a ruthless killer who continues to strike again and again in a pattern that begins to show a chilling logic. - via GoodReads

3.5 Stars

Poor Kit! She buys a new house and with the new house comes an old case. While landscaping the back yard her dog Lucky finds a skeleton. With it a missing persons cold case from the 60s resurfaces. Of course in true Donaldson form, there is a lot more going on during this book besides the cold case. A few current cases and hobbies keep you distracted from any one detail.

Donaldson is always great for including random facts and trivia in his books. I always enjoy it when Brussard shares the wealth of information that he has stored up there in that noggin. I think I’m making the story sound cluttered but it flows smoothly and quickly. The book easily stands alone by itself but is part of a series.

Once again I really enjoyed the story and the fact that the villain stayed to the shadows until Donaldson was ready to reveal him. I would have never guessed who it ended up being but it made sense. The one problem that I have is that once again Kit has to be saved by the men of her life. She’s a smart, well-educated woman but always manages to get herself into some situation where she needs to be saved by the men in her life. Other than that, it was a pretty good book and I do plan on continuing the series.

Stephanie

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