New Orleans Requiem by D J Donaldson
Also by this author: Bad Karma in the Big Easy, Cajun Nights
Series: Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery #4
Also in this series: Bad Karma in the Big Easy, Cajun Nights
Published by Astor + Blue
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Read in: Sep 3 to Sep 5
Source: Personal Collection
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Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo.
It s a bizarre case for Andy and Kit. A man is found in Jackson Square, stabbed, one eyelid removed and four Scrabble tiles with the letters KOJE on his chest. Soon, there s a second victim, also stabbed and missing one eyelid, but this time with only three letters on his chest, KOJ. The pattern is unmistakable, but does it mean there will be two more victims and then the killer will go away, or is he leading up to something bigger and deadlier?
Broussard and Kit use their disciplines to profile the killer, but it soon becomes clear that the clues and objects they ve found are part of a sick game that the killer is playing with Broussard; a game most likely engineered by one of the hundreds of attendees at the annual forensics meeting being held in New Orleans. Has Broussard finally met his match?
New Orleans Requiem is written in Donaldson s unique style: A hard-hitting, punchy, action-packed prose that s dripping with a folksy, decidedly southern, sense of irony. Add in Donaldson s brilliant first-hand knowledge of forensics and the sultry flavor of New Orleans, and the result is first class forensic procedural within an irresistibly delectable mystery. - via GoodReads
Each book in this series seems to get better. New Orleans Requiem by DJ Donaldson was a great read. I’m slowly working on getting this series caught up. I have truly enjoyed each entry.
Andy Broussard is such an awesome character. I really do love him. He’s a bigger guy with glasses and a very logical thinker. He also has a fine taste in food. Broussard is the kind of guy you want to work with. In New Orleans Requiem he’s hosting a convention for forensics and helping to solve a crime before the killer can strike again.
Kit Franklyn doesn’t have an easy time of it either. It appears that someone has taken a personal interest in her and keeps trying horrible ways to get her attention. I had a few suspects in mind but I was wrong. That’s the great thing about these books. I can be relatively sure of something and be delighted to be wrong!
The characters are a lot of fun as well. Bubba and Grandma O are among my favorites. Bubba for his earnestly gentleman ways and her for her Creole superstitions. I don’t think I’d ever eat at her restaurant though. I can be a picky eater and would hate to be bullied into eating my dinner!