Author: D.J. Donaldson
Publisher: Highline Editions
Overall Rating: 4.5
While enjoying a family picnic, the lemon-drop eating medical examiner extraordinaire for the city of New Orleans Andy Broussard witnesses his Uncle Joe being shot by a sniper, who then shoots himself and falls into the bayou. Since the cause of the death in both cases is seemingly clear, it’s up to Andy to determine the motive. Unfortunately, as it usually happens, things are not always so clear cut. When a detailed examination of the murders body determines that the real culprit may be alive and well, Broussard recruits the help of the New Orleans finest including Dr. Kit Franklyn to help him uncover the truth.
D.J Donaldson weaves a fairly tight tale that clearly shows his love for a good story and the Big Easy. The characters are memorable, and easily jump off the pages and dance with the reader, while both the setting and the plot line have enough twists and turns to keep even the most die-hard mystery fanatic guessing. For the most part, it was a very enjoyable read.
In truth, one of the faults I found with the book may not be that much of one for most people. The devil, they say, is in the details, and it is in the details that the author loses me somewhat. D.J. Donaldson provides a bit too much detail, in my opinion. And the details do little to truly move the story forward. While they add a bit of color here and there, because the story and the characters are already so vibrant, it feels more like he is adding another layer of varnish to the painting in the hopes of brightening it up a bit more.
While I do enjoy a story with enough detail so that the reader isn’t lost, in this story I almost felt bogged down by the amount of sheer information presented. Very little was left to the imagination, and instead of coming to my own brilliant deductions right along with Andy Broussard, I felt that I was sometimes dragged to the conclusions. There was really very little surprise or thrill for me at the end because of this.
All that being said, this edition in the series is a fine one, and well worth the read, especially if you enjoy stories involving medical examiners. I feel, despite its heavy-handedness on the details, that it’s still worth some shelf space in your library.
0 Stars — Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star — Perfect gift for that person you can’t stand
2 stars — Put it on your “to borrow” list
3 stars — Buy it if you get the chance – worth a weekend read
4 stars — Definitely add it to your library
5 stars — Impulse Buy Approved
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