It’s a Big Easy Mystery with Uneasy In New Orleans
UNEASY IN NEW ORLEANS has everything you love about the French Quarter, delicious food, sexy men, mystery, gossip, trouble, and dead bodies…Well maybe not all of what people love about the city. However Finnigan Jones is dealing with all of these things and more. UNEASY IN NEW ORLEANS is the first in a new series called the Big Easy Mysteries from multi-published author Carol Carson.
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About UNEASY IN NEW ORLEANS
FINNIGAN JONES HAS A PASSION FOR COOKING AND A PENCHANT FOR TROUBLE.
Dead bodies aren’t on Finn’s New Orleans walking tour of cemeteries and haunted houses. Ditto disappearing bodies. Now she has to explain to Detective Jack Boyle how her missing corpse has turned up in the Mississippi putting her smack-dab in the middle of a murder investigation.
Unfortunately, another of Finn’s odd jobs is taking questionable photos for Jack’s PI brother, Tommy. After she snaps shots of a dubious pair of lovebirds, they stalk her, then kidnap her. Now Finn’s dealing with two lunatics intent on killing her. Or driving her crazy. She’s not sure which.
Because lunatics and smokin’-hot brothers aren’t enough trouble, she’s gossiping, yes gossiping, with a chef ghost at culinary school, cat-sitting her aunt’s six felines and attempting to corral her wayward teenage sister.
All Finn wants is to survive school and become the best chef in the world.
FINN’S LIFE IS ABOUT TO GET EVEN MORE COMPLICATED.
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“She was now on the lookout for husband number four. She and Carnival Cruise Lines had an ongoing love affair. She cruised once a month searching for Mister Right. Finn was certain the cruise line gave her a deep discount, if for no other reason than Gert charmed it out of them.”
“She thought it was love two years ago, until he abandoned her on their wedding day. Time and meaningful therapy twice a week for several months showed her the difference between true love and infatuation. The dartboard on her bedroom wall with his photo stuck to it and the hundreds off darts thrown at his well-fed face helped too.”
“They hadn’t spoken in two years, three months and seven days, but who was counting? She had enjoyed every silent minute.”
“She smelled like freshly baked bread. He never knew if it was her perfume or her natural scent. He’d gained ten pounds while they were dating because he was always hungry when he was around her.”
“It was the unlikely trinity of chef instructors who gave her the heebie-jeebies. They could turn a student to a dithering idiot with a frosty look or a casual put-down. There were three, as different from each other as Larry, Moe and Curly, but not nearly as funny.”
“One of her fellow classmates fainted while another one ran from the room screaming, screeching like a bad actor in a horror movie, never to return.”
Uneasy in New Orleans was a light and fun read. The story was humorous, easy to follow, unpredictable, intriguing, and busy. Each character mentioned was unique, quirky, interesting, and likable. The leading character of Finn is exceedingly unlucky, yet continues in attempting to move forward in her stalled life by secretly attending culinary school while working two part-time jobs. She is more than a bit of a Calamity Jane or maybe she is actually cursed. The story is set in New Orleans, and incorporates accusations of voodoo, curses, fetish dolls, spells, witches, and occasional visitations by a benign ghost, although I really wouldn’t consider this story to fit into the paranormal genre. While performing one of her jobs, Finn has inadvertently stumbled into a mess that she attempts to untangle with help from her friends. Although, all the while, she continues to unwittingly cause further complications that are so beyond her control. I enjoyed Ms. Carson’s use of humor, misdirection, fluid descriptions, amusing back stories, and the clever banter and teasing between the characters. I found the writing entertaining and wily, and wished for it to continue just a bit further.
Multi-published author Carol Carson was born and raised in central Iowa. She is a former finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest and is an avid bookworm who actually enjoys doing research. Her other passions include travel, American history, the Kansas City Chiefs, the St. Louis Cardinals and dark chocolate. She has lived in Colorado and Kansas, and currently lives with her husband in a log home on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her website at carolcarsonbooks.com