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Devious (New Orleans #7)

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"Terrifying. . .A Creepy Thriller." –Publishers Weekly

When New Orleans detective Reuben Montoya is called to investigate a murder with his partner Rick Bentz, he's shocked to recognize the victim. Camille Renard, an old high-school friend, was found on the altar of St. Marguerite's cathedral, dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted. . .

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Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Zebra (first published 2011)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Another chilling and terrifying read by Lisa Jackson.

Devious, the 7th book in her New Orleans Series, features once again, one of my favorite detectives, Reuben Montoya and his partner, Rick Bentz.

The story opens with the grisly and horrifying murder in a chapel, of a novice nun from St. Marguerite’s Convent. When Montoya and Bentz arrive at the crime scene, they discover that the murdered nun, Sister Camille, is not an unknown victim. Montoya had dated her during high school. There’s an added c
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Kristen
Aug 01, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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
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Bigd_041555
Nov 06, 2015 Bigd_041555 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good nuns, bad nuns, dead nuns! Who's killing the nuns and why? And who is that handsome priest that has a problem keeping his vows! Another good read from the Montoya and Bentz series based in New Orleans. Some twists and turns and a parallel story that was picked up from before, just thrown in to make this book extra interesting.

2 thumbs up and 4 solid stars!
Connie Grover
Apr 13, 2011 Connie Grover rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marca
Sep 24, 2011 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another St. Marguerite's Convent mystery with Montoya and Bentz. The time Val’s sister Camille, a novice in the convent, is found murdered, wearing a bridal gown. Chief suspect is handsome Father O’Toole (oh, Camille was pregnant). Lot’s going on in this book – several interconnected relationships. More nuns are murdered. There appears to be a rogue priest on the loose. Whew! Val is a tad overwrought at times, which gets on my nerves. However, the book kept my interest. The ending made me go, Wh ...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.
Terri Lynn
I read this in a day. Again, Lisa Jackson smothers her books in this series with Catholics, priests who have sex or kill, and this time, a bunch of nuns who have secrets like being lovers of a hot priest, not being religious, being religious enough to murder, or being knocked up. New Orleans detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya- Catholics of course, are both married to younger women who wanted to start breeding so both have babies under 8 months old. The wives grumble about the men not being ...more
Milly Cent
Jun 22, 2013 Milly Cent rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 05, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
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
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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
Apr 19, 2011 Karielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Crystal Heidel
Aug 15, 2013 Crystal Heidel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle
Apr 21, 2012 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Julie Morales
Apr 13, 2016 Julie Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Bentz and Montoya novel. I just love this series.
Here, we meet two killers, one with whom we're already familiar if we've read the first book in the series...but Bentz shot him, right? He was shot and fell into the swamp and died, right? Or did he?
This book is centered around two convent sand an orphanage. Nuns are being killed, and with the first two, there doesn't seem to be a connection, but then pieces begin coming together. Somehow, these nuns are connected, and our favorite d
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Avephoenix
Aug 18, 2015 Avephoenix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a Fantastic Thrilling Mystery/Romantic-Suspense, which is very well written, intriguing, captivating, and engaging. I love Lisa Jackson's writing style and her ability to maintain the reader engage on her stories the whole entire time. The rich back story allows you to grow with the characters, developing an understanding for the issues they deal with. An automatic page turner for me.

A nun, known as Sister Camille is found murdered, and New Orleans detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Monto
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Alasandra Alawine
Apr 26, 2014 Alasandra Alawine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stephen
Seeing some of the previous reviews and now reading the book , I can understand how some people gave it 1-star and some people gave it 5 stars. Lisa Jackson's mysteries are often very nuanced and " Devious " is no different. You are not going to get a straight forward murder mystery but one that sets out many questions which makes the plot a little more difficult to comprehend.
There appears to be a serial killer loose in New Orleans, who seems to be taking revenge out on nuns that may have aban
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Lillian Cummings
Aug 21, 2015 Lillian Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series as you never know what is coming. Who would kill a nun? Can Bentz & Montoya find the killer and get justice for her family.
Both men have push themselves to find the killer as it is personal for Montoya he knew the nun and he needs to get to them bottom of it but he is not expecting the outcome.
Both men are new fathers and their wives worry about them but as you know they can't let go. The story was a bit slow in part but as I love the characters it was okay.
Will Bentz catc
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Pat
Oct 04, 2014 Pat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2013 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sandra
May 20, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Jackson spins a great detective/thriller novel that includes something for every taste: thriller, detective tale, interesting characters, exotic setting, complex plot and a bit of romance.

Devious had me turning its 439 pages as quickly as possible to find where the quirky characters and tale would take me. Add in New Orleans, a crumbling orphanage and the murders of nuns and you’ve got a read that translates to a lot of time curled up on the couch pursuing the “bad guys” right along with th
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Angel Hatfield
Feb 14, 2016 Angel Hatfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Val and her sister was put in an orphanage after their parents died. After Camille grew up she became a party girl, but eventually she entered a convent. Then Camille was found murdered in a old wedding gown. Camille was found on the altar of St Marguerittes convent. Detective Rick Bentz and his partner Rueben Montoya are investigating the murder. The lead suspect being Father O’Toole. The more nuns are found murdered .
I found this story a little confusing at times with many layers but I still r
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Sheila
Aug 19, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a nun is found murdered by the altar of a convent Bentz and Montoya are on the case. Sister Camille is only the first. I never did figure out who did the crimes in this one until revealed at the very end. Good story.
Shara
Mar 22, 2015 Shara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book by Lisa Jackson I've read. As a mystery/suspense lover I will be reading more of her books in the future. I quite enjoyed the story and the plot twists. It was very well-written and the story was engaging and made me want to find out who did it. It still leaves you wondering who is Father John.

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 really is su
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LaurLa
This was something that's been on my TBR for a long time and I just wanted to get it OFF so I wasn't especially excited to be reading it. I had read the first 6 one right after the other and it just became too much. I had to take a rest from the series and was not very enticed to come back. I love romantic suspense but these really aren't that. More pure suspense/thriller. There are romantic elements but not the focus of the books so while I had a curiousness as to what was happening in the seri ...more
Jennifer (INnerSANITY)
This book was pretty good.. I'm a fan of all of her books for the most part.. Although why she likes to make her make characters all seem to have "blade thin lips" I just don't get it.. I'm also not a fan of a whole lot of tongue rubbing the roof of my mouth.. But I do at least find the sex scenes amusing..

I was surprised to find out who the killer was.. As I so often am in Lisa Jackson's books... Left a cliffhanger too of course! And I was pleased to see there will be more of Bentz and Montoya
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Juliet
Aug 23, 2014 Juliet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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Nancy
May 24, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
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
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.

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New Orleans (8 books)
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  • Shiver (New Orleans #3)
  • Absolute Fear (New Orleans, #4)
  • Lost Souls (New Orleans, #5)
  • Malice (New Orleans, #6)
  • Never Die Alone (New Orleans, #8)

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