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Louisiana Lament (Talba Wallis #3)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  570 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Allyson Brown, the Girl Gatsby, is a woman of wealth, hostess of fabled parties, patron of the arts--especially of poets. Found floating in her own swimming pool, shot to death.Poet and fledgling detective Talba Wallis gets an urgent call from the sister she barely knows: Janessa. To Girl Gatsby Janessa is close friend. But this call isn't an invitation to an elegant ...more
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published December 19th 2012 by booksBnimble (first published 2004)
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Gerry Kelly
Aug 03, 2014 Gerry Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liking NO mysteries
Another fun read....Talba Wallis, PI, showcasing New Orleans...very much fun to read..interesting plot. Recommmened A+++
Jun 01, 2010 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The plot was satisfyingly complex, and her writing style is pretty easy to get into--not too flowery, not overly cliche-ridden. I like Talba Wallis, and in many ways she seems a convincing character. I want to give Smith, a white woman, some credit for trying hard to write a three-dimensional, realistic African American character. On the other hand, two things bothered me: 1) Talba's sister is a walking, talking stereotype of a lower-class black woman. Ugh. 2) We get descriptions of Talba's ...more
Dee Geeky Family
Nov 04, 2015 Dee Geeky Family rated it it was amazing
Shelves: julie-smith
I'm not sure where to start. It's a detective series which breaks my habit of reading tons and tons of fantasy series. Obviously it was, once again, the New Orleans theme that caught my interest. I read the first book and I was sold. An old yearning for mystery awoken and I couldn't get enough. In no time I've finished the entire four book series, which will hopefully be continued on. Talba, better known as the Baroness de Pontalba or "your grace", is this spirited character that seems to be ...more
Valerie Downs
Aug 30, 2014 Valerie Downs rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this book.

I like to give a new author the benefit of a doubt, and give their books a fair chance. This book however was so poor that I was not willing to invest another moment reading it. This book stereotypes women and black people and pretty much everything southern in such a way that it is shameful. I kept thinking that I would find something behind the prejudicial cast of characters, but I just ended up being more and more offended. In one review I read someone compare this c
Jeannine Stewart
There were some interesting portions of this plot and the characters were somewhat interesting but it left me wanting more. First, the attempt at dialect was annoying and did not, to me, relect any of the dialects I've ever heard in New Orleans. I'm sure it's not easy to convey the colorful language of the native New Orleans resident, but this attempt fell really, really short. The characters sounded more like residents of New Jersey than "Narlens". And the book description referred to it as a ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to read and have the book that I'm reading make my brain work, what better to do that with is a 'Who dunit' story. This book by Julie Smith certainly did come through on the thinking part. I was all over the place trying to figure out who could have possibly done it. Julie has a beautiful writing style and for sure a way with words. Her twists and turns in this story kept me going to the last chapter. Fully developed story line with a cast of outrageous characters that you just have to ...more
Tina Alosa
Aug 29, 2016 Tina Alosa rated it really liked it
Another kindle unlimited find

While browsing unlimited selections, I came across Louisiana Hotshot by Julie Smith. I decided to give it a go. I enjoyed it and just completed this, the third in a series of four. I have gotten wrapped up in the mysteries, but in my opinion, character is the biggest appeal here. I really like both Talba and Eddie, and the story on her given name was one that I could envision and broke my heart. The good news for me is that Ms. Smith has quite a catalog of books she
Jul 17, 2015 Renee rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book I tried to figure out whether I'd encountered New Orleans PI Talba Wallis before. This is the third book in her series -- and she mentions knowing Skip Langdon from Smith's most well-known series -- but I would like to think, at least, that I'd have remembered reading about someone as unique as Talba Wallis. PI by day, Baroness and poet by night, Wallis is a fascinating character that I'm eager to read more about. I already have the 4th book on my Kindle but I'll ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
I read this book because I enjoyed the two before it. I like the series because I like the characters, and the setting of New Orleans. This one though, had a less believable plot, and introduced characters that were really unlikeable. The story seemed to drag on for me, unlike the two previous books. I will probably read the next one, because I like the character of Talba Wallace (the P.I.) and her boss, and I'll be looking (and hoping!) for a plot that develops at a better pace. I still think ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Joni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Talba Wallis mystery series. Talba is a young, African-American, computer-brilliant,beginning PI who is also a noted poet by night. Her boss, Eddie Valentino, is pushing seventy, white, tech-challenged, and pretty much burned out. This book finds Talba's sister calling her because she has discovered a body--things go downhill from there. Lots of twist and turns, along with laugh-out-loud moments. A good read.
James N. Moon
Aug 10, 2014 James N. Moon rated it it was amazing
New Orleans fascination

New Orleans fascination

This is the first of Julie Smith's books that I have read and I enjoyed it very much. It had a good plot and I didn't figure out " who done it". There was
mystery and mayhem with enough humor to lighten it just when it was needed. I liked the characters - felt involved with them, liked the incongruity of a PI /poet, And enjoyed the poetry too. Will be looking forward to reading more of Ms. Smith's books.
Cynthia T Cannon
Sep 08, 2016 Cynthia T Cannon rated it it was amazing
Nice absorbing mystery read without being a downer.

Ms.Smith has a lovely light writing style and makes you want to keep reading to figure out which one of the total jerks described is the killer.
Mary Schildman
Jul 26, 2014 Mary Schildman rated it liked it
Lost in characters

Lost in characters

Lots of characters, lots of twists and turns,too much "Gatsby" reference to add to confusion. I knew the murderer almost from the beginning but the detectives were too slow. Didn't like the vernacular of the book.
Don't think this book is for me however, it might be for anyone else who would like to see more young, black female poet, PI character. It was interesting.
Jul 26, 2014 CNickerson rated it it was amazing
A private investigator and poet works in New Orleans

I like Talba, the main character. She's smart and she's gutsy. I like the New Orleans location, rich characterization and involved plots. I'm a Southerner and I like that the South is represented fairly as both richly cultured and imperfect.
Bernard Norcott-mahany
I've not read any other books by Julie Smith, but there were elements here that reminded me of Janet Evanovich (crazy family; interesting boss). The idea of a poetess that is also a PI because that pays the bills is intriguing, as is the use of poems in the book to get information or encapsulate the experience of the investigation.
Jul 16, 2015 Emily rated it did not like it
Not readable

This is supposed to be a humorous series! What's hilarious about a mean, foul mouthed caricature who is too stubborn to listen to her attorney? I got through less than a quarter of this mess and could go no further. The book is offensive, boring (maybe it's greatest sin) and not worth a penny.
Feb 25, 2016 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Love that Talba

I find these stories ( this is the second one I've read) a little slow to start. however I find my self not able to put the book down Once again I'm caught up . I like the fact that I didn't figure out the story a quarter
of the way through it. Thanks Julie for yet another great adventure with the Baroness
Oct 17, 2014 Ruth rated it did not like it
Recommended to Ruth by:
The only reason I finished this book is because I really wanted to know how the author would tie up the loose ends. The attempts to write New Orleans patois was distracting to me and failed miserably, in my opinion. The plot was convoluted and the characters wooden. I don't think I'll be reading anything else by this author.
Susan L. Curtin
Jun 28, 2015 Susan L. Curtin rated it it was amazing
Who did it?

This murder mystery kept me wondering for many answers.

Many suspects, missing folks, plots, and alibies were in many heads.

It is not resolved until the end.

It is a New Orleans detective-mystery with many twists playing with cops in the background. It is hard to put the book down before you have finished.
Luna Raven
Dec 26, 2014 Luna Raven rated it it was ok
I tried to slog through this twice. First, the write up on this and the book I have do not match. Second, I'm black and my family is from the South, so the main character is plausible, but I still think no. Third, not especially well written.
Chester C. Thompson
A thrill ride through a maze.

The sensitivity that is displayed in the characters' personalities is balanced by the twists and turns that keep you guessing and turning pages. Loved it.
Cliff Dalton
Sep 02, 2016 Cliff Dalton rated it it was amazing
The Baroness myself

Galba's character continues to develop as the series progresses. I hope Janessa bonds soon with that family as it has dragged on long should. Clever mystery with the requisite twigs. A truly enjoyable read.
Joyce Wiley
Jun 17, 2015 Joyce Wiley rated it it was amazing
Funny and entertaining.

Read her first 2 books and was interested in her style of writing. Have enjoyed the third one very much and her style of writing is expanding and very enjoyable and relaxing to read. Pur based the fourth one and anxious to read it.
Aug 04, 2014 Paulette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a supposedly tough, hot shot PI, Talba Wallis sure is naive. The author lays the whole story out for the reader so there is no surprise when "who dun it" is revealed, but it takes the bumbling detectives 300 pages to figure it out. Yawn.
Jun 13, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Two deaths--mother and daughter, each in their own homes and on the same day. Poet and PI Talba Wallis's barely-known half sister may be the primary murder suspect, but as the story unfolds there are plenty of other suspects in this complex, twisted plot.
Helen Rector
Dec 27, 2014 Helen Rector rated it it was ok
Couldn't wait for it to end

I usually enjoy this author, but this book was complicated and seemingly endless. Too many characters. Weird inter connections. I did finish the book but wonder why.
Mary Cassidy
Jun 15, 2016 Mary Cassidy rated it really liked it
Took longer than it should. I enjoyed the character of the Baroness, but felt the plot was perhaps too convoluted!
Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
It's New Orleans!

Enjoyable as most of her writing, I personally would have liked a little more Skip Langdon action. An easy read.
Deborah White
I liked it because it was set in New Orleans and had a cute tie-in with Great Gatsby, one of my faves.
Sharon Kennedy
Sep 05, 2014 Sharon Kennedy rated it did not like it
Didn't enjoy this one at all. It was described as a humorous tale but it didn't appeal to me at all, and I didn't find any humour in this at all.
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Author of 20 mystery novels and a YA paranormal adventure called BAD GIRL SCHOOL (formerly CURSEBUSTERS!). Nine of the mysteries are about a female New Orleans cop Skip Langdon, five about a San Francisco lawyer named Rebecca Schwartz,two about a struggling mystery writer named Paul Mcdonald (whose fate no one should suffer) and four teaming up Talba Wallis, a private eye with many names, a poetic ...more
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Talba Wallis (4 books)
  • Louisiana Hotshot (Talba Wallis, #1)
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