If you’ve not yet experienced the chilling brilliance that is Lisa Jackson, her New Orleans series is a great place to start.
The series starts out with the unforgettable Hot Blooded and is currently up to Never Die Alone, just released this past summer. Is it absolutely necessary to read them in order? Not really. But as with all great series, they’re best enjoyed read as they were written. The character development is outstanding, and part of the thrill is seeing the changes each key player goes through over the years.
Most of the stories take place in New Orleans, of course. But the crimes do venture outside the area from time to time. Detectives Bentz and Montoya are as good as you’ll find in any series. The rapport between them is authentic and compelling, and it doesn’t diminish over the course of the series. Supporting characters are good as well, although my absolute favorites scenes are still the ones revolving around these two.
And lest you fear that they might become a bit cliche as far as murder goes, no worries! Each one features a distinctly creepy psychopath to contend with.
Sure, I’ll admit I’m a bit biased because of the setting. Go figure. But still, it’s murder mystery at its finest. Each book leaves you guessing until the very end.
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Ooo… this has piqued my interest. I’m always up for a cracking good crime series in an interesting and different setting and New Orleans would certainly tick that box. Are they gory? I know I sound a wuss, but I am prone to nightmares…