Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Devious” as Want to Read:
Devious
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Devious (New Orleans #7)

by
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,643 ratings  ·  248 reviews
From a #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author comes an edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller, in which New Orleans detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya investigate the murder of a young nun and uncover a serial killer as devious and depraved as they come.
Paperback, 484 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2011)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Devious, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Devious

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Kristen


4 months ago

This was a very good read. Complicated, multi-layered murder mystery with a number of interesting elements and plenty of excitement.

When one of the nuns at St. Marguerite's is found garroted on the alter of the cathedral, wearing an old and yellowed bridal gown, the New Orleans police detective who catches the case is stunned to discover he knows her - went to high school with her right there in New Orleans.

It soon comes out that not only was the nun pregnant, she had been having an...more
Connie Grover
Aaargh! This was the second Lisa Jackson book I have read, and it will be the last. This felt like a shameless rehash of elements from "Without Mercy". The deceitful sister, the cowboy husband/boyfriend, the heroine's nightmares from something in the deep dark past; how unoriginal can you be! How many times can she paraphrase "sexier than any man has a right to be". And the climax scene where the baddie has to explain to the innocent why they are doing what they do could have been written by a t...more
Purple Iris
Not as bad as Without Mercy, but still not really worth reading, especially not after books by Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter. Cliché expressions, stilted dialogue, loose strings left dangling at the end to get you to buy the next book... No, thanks.
Milly Cent
To misquote Dorothy Parker, this book is not to be tossed aside lightly, it should be thrown across the room with full force.

No idea how this author made the NY Times bestselling author list. Her writing style is atrocious and subject matter contrived.

I must admit to lying about finishing it so I could review it. I tossed it across the room at the beginning of chapter 3, it was that bad
Linda
Val Houston, Was On The Verge Of Making Her Divorce Final, Had Lost Her Job As A Detective In Texas, Her Business One Step Away From Bankruptcy, And Now Her Young Party Girl Sister Was Entering A Convent!! They Had Been Placed In An Orphanage In New Orleans When Their Parents Died When She Was Five And Cammie Was Just A Baby. Both Had Left The City Only To Return Again. She Had Agreed To Buy Into A Bed And Breakfasts With Her Long Time Friend While She Tried To Figure Out What To Do About Her Si...more
Melanie Adkins
New Orleans has always been a place where anything seems possible, but no one expected to find nuns dead in a chapel. It seems someone has a grudge. Rick Bentz and his partner Reuben Montoya are called to St. Marguerite's church and the site of the first murder. Unfortunately, Montoya knows the deceased and several others at St. Marguerite's. He should let someone else work the case, but this is personal. These people were from his past. The investigation starts off rough and just gets rougher....more
Karielle
Blurb: Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya return in Devious. The crime scene at St. Marguerite's cathedral in New Orleans is shocking. A novice nun has been found dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted, her body covered with an alter cloth.
For Montoya, the brutal crime scene is disturbingly familiar -- his aunt, also a nun, was murdered. And the connections don't end there. Montoya knew this victim in high school. But the deeper the investigation goes, the more twisted th...more
Danielle
Absolutely the worst book I have read! The writing is terrible - was there even an editor? Ever hear of continuity? What is with the supernatural undertones? What is with the persistent nightmares that turn out to have next to nothing to with the plot? Is there an obsession with eyebrows? Exactly what emotion does 'slamming your eyebrows together' convey? Do you believe readers are so forgetful they need to be reminded of everything that has happened so far in every other chapter? Why is the boo...more
Alasandra Alawine
Father John is back and this time with a twist he gets "Sister" Camille pregnant and is distraught when she is killed. The nuns at Saint Marguerite's are being picked off one by one. Sister Lucia who is seeing visions of their deaths flees on Cruz Montoya's (Reuben's brother) motorcycle.

Camille's sister (Val) soon realizes the nuns have something else in common they were all orphans at St. Elsinore's who were adopted. Stumbling on the the fact Camille was convinced their birth parents were not w...more
Pat
Oh dear, what a train wreck! Where to start? Too much harping on people's love lives perhaps - I don't need to be reminded in every chapter how much Montoya loves banging his wife. As for Val - she clearly wanted to get back with her husband, so just do it and quit with the introspection. Lucia was planning to leave the convent - so just go, why all the cloak and dagger stuff? It made no sense. The "supernatural" elements were just silly and didn't add to the plot. The murders were obviously an...more
Betty
Listened to it as an abridged version audio book. Liked the characters, especially the Texan, and I did not see the final twist in the plot coming. Well worth the listen. It also brought back memories of places me and my BFF went to when we visited New Orleans. Great memories.
Juliet Davis
This was the first book by Lisa Jackson I have read. As a mystery/suspense lover I will be reading more of her books in the future. But I was not totally happy with this one. It was very well-written and the story was engaging and made me want to find out who did it. But I didn't really think we got all the answers in the end.

I really liked the Detectives assigned to the case, and I am looking forward to going back and reading more of the books they are in. I love the New Orleans setting. It re...more
Serban Georgiana
Inca de la inceput suntem aruncati in mijlocul unei"crime monstruase".
Sora Camila,novice la manastirea St Marguerite din Nwe Orlands,este descoperita moarta in capela manastirii.
Cazul este cercetat de Rick Bentz si Reuben Montoya,dar si de Valeria o fosta politista si totodata si sora victimei.
Este prima carte scrisa de Lisa Jackson pe care o citesc(si cred ca si ultima)si dupa cum observi face parte dintr-o serie-Nwe Orlands.
Totul este o mare incuractura.Relatia dintre cele doua surori,rel...more
Nancy
By the time I was a third of the way though this book, I wondered when it would ever end. Half way and I was convinced it was never-ending, by the end, I truly could care less who was killing the nuns or why.

So why did I continue reading – I have absolutely no idea. I would pick it up and read a little bit here and there hoping for a spark that would grab me, but that never happened.

Devious is the 7th book in the New Orleans Series by Lisa Jackson and I will tell you right now that I did not rea...more
Donna
This was the first book by Lisa Jackson I have read. As a mystery/suspense lover I will be reading more of her books in the future. But I was not totally happy with this one. It was very well-written and the story was engaging and made me want to find out who did it. But I didnt really think we got all the answers in the end.

I really liked the Detectives assigned to the case, and I am looking forward to going back and reading more of the books they are in. I love the New Orleans setting. It real...more
Bookaholics
Devious by Lisa Jackson
Romantic Suspense - March 29th, 2011
3 ½ stars

In the heart of New Orleans, St. Marguerite’s Cathedral is the site of the shocking tow murders of novice nuns. Detectives Rick Bentz and Reben Montoya are on the hunt, but Montoya has a history with one of the victims and also went to high school with the main suspect, handsome and charismatic father O’Toole. Montoya tries to use his connections with some of the novice nuns to solve the case.

Meanwhile, Valerie is an ex-detec...more
Nura
Sinopsis:

New Orleans kembali dikejutkan dengan sebuah pembunuhan yang terjadi di dalam Katedral St. Marguerite. Sister Camille ditemukan tewas dalam balutan gaun pengantin dan bekas jeratan di lehernya. Kakak Camille, Valerie Houston, yang mantan polisi, tidak puas dengan kelambatan polisi menangani kasus pembunuhan adiknya. Ia memutuskan untuk menyelidikinya sendiri ditemani suami yang sebentar lagi akan ia ceraikan, Slade Houston.

Detektif yang ditugaskan untuk menyelidiki kasus ini tak lain d...more
Nicole
I pick this up on a spur and it sounded pretty interesting. When I begun the first few pages, it got good. I loved the intrigue and anticipation. This is my first book from Lisa Jackson.

But I think this book is an excuse to write about sex and desires. I loved the mystery and thrill of the novel but felt that it was sidelined by all the love story-ness of many of the characters. This could have easily been a book about different women characters with big problems in their love lives.

The story li...more
Vivian
Let me tell you this was a really good, if not great, example of romantic suspense. The action takes place in New Orleans with some familiar detectives at the helm, Montoya and Bentz. As with previous stories involving these members of New Orleans finest, there is some personal interest.

Montoya dated the first murder victim, Camille Renard, back in high school. If that's not personal enough, his younger brother Cruz dated the lady that found that body. What makes this all the more interesting is...more
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
Lisa Jackson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, plain and simple. Devious is only the second novel of hers that I have read, and while I did not enjoy it as much as Without Mercy, I love her writing style and her ability to maintain suspense over 400+ pages. Some may feel that the novel is longer than necessary and although there is some agreement from me there, the rich back story allows you to get to know the characters and develop an understanding and appreciation for the issues th...more
Deedee
Withholding judgment until it's finished. Don't have as much time to read these days, but trying....forever trying....

**********SLIGHT SPOILER***********

Finally finished this one after putting it aside for a couple of weeks. It was a page turner for sure. Lots of little plot twists and turns, but the ending is left open for another story line featuring a villain who just won't die despite being shot and presumed dead in a swamp.

The Bentz/Montoya partnership is not so much in the foreground as t...more
Amy Lignor
Valerie Renard, an ex-policewoman, is in the process of divorcing her husband Slade and has moved back to New Orleans where she grew up. She has bought a partnership in a Bed and Breakfast in the city and is settling in. Not too far from her is the St. Marguerite's Cathedral where her sister Camille resides as a novice nun.

Sadly, Camille is killed by an unknown assailant in the church. She was found, strangled viciously, and dressed in an old and tattered wedding dress. Her body was arranged wi...more
Bonnie Randall
Straight up mystery with oodles of creepy ick-factor: a damp, cellar-esque convent (I totally pictured lots of cinder blocks and everything cast in shades of gray), nuns who are so hard core they still practice self-flagellation (while at least one priests *watches*. How's *that* for twisted?), and the first dead nun turns out to not only have been pregnant, but also the author of her own biography of sexcapades, each entry more kinky than the one before it.

Topping it off there's a serial killer...more
Gwen
Il y a longtemps que j’avais lu du Lisa Jackson et je ne suis pas déçue. Elle reste une valeur sûre des éditions harlequin !

J’ai eu un peu de mal à rentrer dedans, j’ai trouvé les deux premiers chapitres un peu confus, ce qui m’a fait laisser un peu tombé le livre. En le reprenant la suite était beaucoup mieux.
Il s’agit d’un thriller donc la romance n’est pas de premier ordre.
On y trouve (ou retrouve – pour celles qui connaissent la série) les inspecteurs Montoya et Bentz qui enquête sur le meu...more
Glenajo
The proprietors at Roma’s Preread Books, in Rockwall, TX were kind enough to give me an advance uncorrected proof to Devious in April. From the moment I picked up the book, I could not put it down. I have read many books by Lisa Jackson, but Devious: A Bentz and Montoya Novel is by far the best. The plot twists and turns, the characters have many facets, and the book does not rely on sex to fill in the gaps.
Valerie Radnar, a one-time police detective, is now a woman torn by the actions of her...more
Ceelee Sunshine
Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite suspense writers and I enjoy nearly all her books. DEVIOUS was no exception and in fact her New Orleans series is one of her best. There is always something totally off in a N'awllins setting! The atmosphere is almost always a little creepy and quite Gothic which I love! DEVIOUS was all those things and a good story too. I am not that crazy about novels with a plot that is based on any kind of religion but Jackson actually made it work and not sound preachy or...more
Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Mar 31, 2011 Cynthia (aka Artemis) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cynthia by: SOS Aloha
Shelves: arc, suspense
Won from SOS Aloha.

An average murder mystery/romantic suspense book that is 100+ pages too long. The blurb states this is another Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya (murder mystery/suspense) novel, but it also centers on Valerie Houston and her estranged husband, Slade (the romance).

Valerie's sister, Camille, a novice at St. Marguerite's Cathedral, is found murdered. The finger-pointing begins and everyone at the Cathedral is a suspect. Slade shows up (wanting to work things out) just as Valerie is n...more
Lesley Anne
I somewhat enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story, and I was able to connect to the 2 detectives. On the other hand, I was thoroughly unable to stop my deep-seeded annoyance with Val and Slade Houston (Ugh. Yes, that's his name). After losing her sister in a grizzly murder plot, Valerie is still having difficulties with having sexy-times ideas about her wayward husband. The reader is constantly being bombarded with former bedroom romps in, what most normal people would think, the most inopportu...more
Crystal Heidel
I hate giving bad reviews. And I usually enjoy reading Ms. Jackson's novels, however, Devious, her 7th NoLa novel, is heavy in the Catholic Church and I think she over-does the 'suspect the people in the church' stuff a little too much in this series. I felt bogged down in all the crossing, habit-wearing (I've done research for my own novel and discovered that nuns in America today don't all still wear habits; they just dress simply) and young women novices (again, really?! There were 'pretty' n...more
Karen Bainbridge
Jun 27, 2013 Karen Bainbridge rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thrill seekers who don't mind a totally different setting for a suspense mystery.
Recommended to Karen by: just saw the name of book, author and read the back. I recommended it.
I started slowly reading 5 or 6 books at the same time, after I finished Firebird, I became so engrossed in your book Ms. Jackson that I could not put it down. After the first murder I thought that it was going to be a typical thriller, but oh no! it pulled me in and would not let go.
I became so fascinated by the rosary murders that I was trying to guess who was doing the killing. The priests became more sullen and all the young nuns were scared of everything, I loved all the twists and turns th...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Is there gonna be any more in the series? 4 23 Jan 13, 2013 01:04PM  
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me (Lucy Kincaid #2)
  • Dead By Nightfall (Griffin Powell, #13)
  • Merciless (Senseless, #2)
  • Blind Spot
  • Watch Me  (Stacy Killian, #4)
  • Scared To Death (Live to Tell, #2)
  • I Can See You (Romantic Suspense, #10)
  • Secrets to the Grave (Oak Knoll, #2)
13757
Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush, grew up in a small timber town in Oregon. She attended Oregon State University and later worked in the banking industry.
In 1983, Jackson's first novel, A Twist of Fate, was published by Silhouette Books. Currently, Jackson writes contemporary romantic suspense novels for Kensington Books and medieval romantic suspense novels for Onyx Books. Her books regul...more
More about Lisa Jackson...
Absolute Fear (New Orleans, #4) Malice (New Orleans, #6) Almost Dead (San Francisco, #2) Chosen To Die (To Die, #2) Left To Die (To Die, #1)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »