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Rhode Island Red (Nanette Hayes Mysteries #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  66 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Jazzsaxofoniste Nanette Hayes had beter moeten weten en Sig niet mee naar huis moeten nemen. Maar ze voelt zich waardeloos nadat haar relatie met Walter is uitgegaan en heeft behoefte aan gezelschap. Nog voor het krieken van de ochtend wordt Sig echter in haar huis vermoord, en vindt ze 60.000 dollar in haar saxofoon, daar blijkbaar door Sig – die een undercoveragent blijk ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 2010 by Lebowski (first published 1997)
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Jan 23, 2015 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of jazz, light mysteries, NYC


First published in 1997, Rhode Island Red is the first in a series about Nanette Hayes, twenty eight year-old woman trying to make ends meet in New York. Open Road Media is re-releasing the book in e-version, and I have to applaud their decision. Of course, I’m a natural sucker for the stories of New York, as well as stories that are underrepresented, so perhaps I’m not the best person to judge.

Nanette graduated from Wellesley with a degree in French
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

This book is the bomb. Honestly, it was one of those grab you by the throat and doesn’t let you go type of things. The reader is immediately in sync with the narrator, in this case Nanette and anything that distracts the reader from reading the book is unwelcome and should take a long walk off of a short pier. Seriously, I wanted to do physical harm to anything that interrupted reading this. I almost intentionally missed my bus because I can’t read on the bus witho
Jan 30, 2015 Koeur rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Open Road Media

Publishing Date: January 2015

ISBN: 9781497691827

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 2.1/5

Publisher Description: Saxophonist Nanette Hayes, a majestic five-foot-ten-inch Grace Jones lookalike with hot style, lives for the music of her jazz forebears. Self-taught Nan is no Charlie Parker, but she dreams big. She performs regularly—on the sidewalks of New York City. Not exactly the Village Vanguard, but it pays the bills in ways that her
A noir set in New York with an intelligent Sax musician as a protagonist. Nanette Hayes is in her late twenties and plays jazz on the streets to make ends meet. She gets entangled in a crime full with corrupt cops, charming mob enforcers, moody bar tenders and confusing motivations.

Nanette makes a wonderful narrator as she touches upon her love for French, music, her shaved head, interracial relationships, being a black woman, the treatment she gets when confronted by cops and the way every dec
Lis Carey
Jan 31, 2015 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Nanette Hayes is playing her saxophone on a New York City street, and not taking in a lot of money, when a smart-mouthed young man starts off by insulting her playing, and then moves on to declaring his (platonic) love for her. He says his name is Sig, and it turns out he's looking for a place to crash for the night. Against her better judgment Nan agrees to let him stay the night in her apartment.

She does make him sleep on the couch.

In the very early morning, she wakes up to a very cold apartme
Willem van den Oever
The New York in which amateur jazz saxophonist Nanette Hayes lives, is one flooded with romance, jazz and 60,000 dollars worth in cash hidden in her saxophone. She didn’t hide it in there herself. Sig did, the undercover cop who spend the night with her and is found dead the next morning, with an ice pick sticking out of his neck.
Nanny gets scared of the bloody body in her apartment, she gets intimidated by the detective who was Sig’s partner, but above all else, she changes from amateur musicia
Zeb Kantrowitz
Before I discuss the book contents I want to give my opinion of the book’s style. If I didn’t know better I would think that Carter was trying to write a satire on mystery books. The people in the story, especially Nanette Hayes, are so childish and two dimensional that they come off as cartoonish. On the second hand, the story and the plot and everything else that goes with it, seem to come out of the Nancy Drew genre. Am I being too hard on the book, I don’t think so, but that’s just my opinio ...more
Viviane Crystal
Mar 20, 2015 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One can picture Nanette playing sultry jazz tunes outside of anywhere she can park in Manhattan, New York. Although she’s a French major, she knows she’s not a very good jazz musician but she worships the music of the greats, especially Thelonious Monk and others of his ilk. Her life is difficult as people leave little change in her sax case but is about to become terrifying after she decides to let a fellow sax player named Sig come home with her. He tells her he’ll help her find all the hot sp ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Street sax player, Nanette Hayes, despite her French degree from a major university, plays for change in an area few pay and lives with a guy who pays most of the rent and groceries but has left her, suddenly finds herself with a murdered fellow street player, an undercover cop, in her living room.

Thus begin’ her search for the meaning of the mysterious ‘Rhode Island Red ‘ – no, not the chicken - but something apparently valuable enough to kill for.

In her search, she encounters her best friend,
Debbie Krenzer
I received an e-galley from Open Road Media and Net Galley free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for the opportunity and entertainment.

This was my first book by this author. I truly did not know what to expect. I had a little trouble with the lingo at first and sometimes I had to stop and think about what the main character was saying. I was surprised, however, that she had a degree in French and still spoke the way she did.

That being said, I did enjoy her as a character. The s
Jan 27, 2015 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author for me at first I had a problem keeping the players separate. The protagonist Nadine is an interesting person. She has chosen to be a street singer in New York. One night another player accomplish ed her home. The next morning he is found MURDER in her apartment. So the adventure begans and she hears the Rhode Island Red. As she searches for answers her life take a turn and she must find the answer to straighten out her life. I will read her again.

Full Disclosure: I received a free
Oct 09, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5

What do you get when you combine a mystery with an unlikely heroine and jazz music? Rhode Island Red, a Nanette Hayes Mystery.

Nanette Hayes is a tall, intelligent, bald, African-American jazz saxophonist playing tunes on the street for whatever cash she can get. When her live-in boyfriend dumps her (again), she worries about how she’ll make ends meet. And to top it off, another street musician insults her playing. But whe
Donna Davis
Nanette Hayes is a musician working the streets of New York. She doesn’t intend to become a sleuth, but when a Caucasian cop follows you home and is murdered in your front hallway, it’s hard not to get involved. And that’s only for starters! This savvy, sassy detective novel, the first in the series, will be released January 27th, and you won’t want to miss it! My great thanks go to Net Galley and Open Road Media for the DRC.

I was initially drawn to this series by the cover, which is unusual in
Jan 05, 2016 Lokidm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Libro de 200 páginas que no he podido terminar. He llegado a la mitad y una voz en mi cabeza ha dicho: "una página más y dimito".

Protagonista horrible y mal desarrollada (además de ser insoportable) , inconsistencias en lo que va ocurriendo, secundarios planos, y nada de interés.

Es lo peor que he leído en bastante tiempo, y creo que el único libro que no he terminado en cinco años.

Le doy una estrella porque no puedo poner 0.
From Netgalley in exchange for a review

This is a reissue of a book originally published in 1995. Nan is a sax player, with a Master’s in French, hair shaved close to her head, missing living in Paris as she lives in a dubious area of New York. She’s got an on-off lover in Walter, who starts the book having walked out on her, but who comes to show just how bad he is for her.

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So many jazz references and so many French references -- and still a quick beach read.
El dulce veneno del jazz. Siruela / Policiaca.

Novela negra con leves toques de humor negro escrita por Charlotte Carter, editora negra de Nueva York, la primera de la saga protagonizada por la bohemia, pija y negra saxofonista, traductora de francés e investigadora aficionada Nanette Hayes. Un policía asesinado en su casa es el primer cadáver de una larga lista de personas relacionadas más o menos íntimamente con Nanette, por lo que se ve obligada a continuar la investigación de los distintos cr
Jun 30, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I live in NYC and have gone to many of the places she mentions. I liked that I really was surprised by what happens. Just a fun summer read with plenty of style and goodhearted humor.My family passed it around during our vacation and I'm glad I packed it and unlike some of the others I brought it back home to mail on. I'm buying the others to keep us happy the rest of the summer.
Oct 10, 2009 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006-reads
PROTAGONIST: Nanette Hayes
SETTING: New York City
SERIES: #1 of 3
WHY: Although the book wasn't all that engaging, I kind of liked the protagonist, a black woman who played the saxophone on the street. She relied too much on men to keep her life together, though. I won't be in a hurry to move the other 2 books in the series up higher on Mount TBR.
Jenene W.
This was surprisingly good. Had a lot of surprises thrown in which only made it better. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
This book was too dark for me.
Oct 26, 2008 Alan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
mediocre New York noir.
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Charlotte Carter is the author of an acclaimed mystery series featuring Nanette Hayes, a young black American jazz musician with a lust for life and a talent for crime solving. Coq au Vin, the second book in the series, has been optioned for the movies. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of American and
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