Chasing the Devil's Tail: A Valentin St. Cyr Mystery (Storyville #1)
1907 Storyville. Cultures, races, and religions more often blend than clash in a rich gumbo only New Orleans could serve up. But trouble brews. In this red light district, prostitutes ply their trade whether in cramped cribs or elegant houses of French ancestry, while music surges through its streets and helps harmo ...more
I found this book very well-written, and very entertaining. It really allowed me to visualize the scenes and the character ...more
*I admit Im partial to mysteries, especially mysteries set in New Orleans -but a good book is a good book, & this is a REALLY good book!
Going back in time when Storyville/NOLA was raucous as ever -gambling, The Blue Book with brothel listings with little profiles on the gals & a tough Creole Detective to keep everyone in line!
I could go on & on -just read it, I promise you wont be disappointed &a ...more
I love historic New Orleans and Mr Fulmer recreates a NO of the 1910's with dexterity and has a special feel for b ...more
Chasing the Devil’s Tail is the first book in Storyville series by David Fulmer. The series follows the adventure of Valentin St. Cyr, private detective, in New Orleans. In the first book, Valentin must solve the black rose murder that’s going around the red light district in New Orleans. Several sporting girls found dead with a black rose found near their bodies. Since it’s happening in the Storyville, the nickname of the red light district, Tom Anderson the King of Storyville employs Valentin...more
It's 1907 in New Orleans. Someone is killing the so-called 'sporting women' of the notorious Storyville red light district. Valentin St. Cyr is a Creole detective and former policeman in the employ of the 'King of Storyville Tom Anderson. The murders threaten to break Anderson's stranglehold on the district, so he charges St. Cyr with finding the 'Black Rose Killer' so named ...more
I understand that this story is about prostitutes in New Orleans in the early 1900s, and I understand that it wa ...more
Storyville, New Orleans was a red-light district created by the city's leaders to keep the prostitutes and the "Houses" of the time confined to a specific area of the city, ostensibly to protect the "upstanding" citizens from that. As always, however, there's plenty more going on behind the scenes.
When som ...more
Fulmer, David – 1st in series
Poisoned Pen Press, 2001 – Hardcover
Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr is hired by political boss, Tom Anderson, to stop the "black rose" killer of Storyville prostitutes. The primary suspect is Buddy Bolden, a friend of St. Cyr's.
*** New Orleans is a fascinating city. Fulmer does a remarkable job of depicting the sights, sounds, smells and social structure of that city, particularly the "red light" ...more
After the first chapter, it pretty much settles into a ho-hum detective novel about prostitutes getting murdered in turn-of-the-century New Orleans. There's jazz, corruption, lots of prostitutes, the required detective-with-a-tragic-past, ...more
I loved the sense of place and time-- Turn-of-the-Century New Orleans--that this book evoked. It is the rare author who places a novel so perfectly that I'm lost entirely in the setting, which is how I felt when reading this book. I lo ...more