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City of Beads (Tubby Dubonnet #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  999 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Tubby Dubonnet is growing disenchanted with his life as a lawyer, until he acquires some new clients - very shady characters who run a lucrative casino. With friends like these, Tubby needs no enemies. Suddenly he has all the excitement he desires - he's running for his life.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published January 23rd 1996)
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Jul 20, 2014 Bert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second crime mystery novel involving New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet. There's carefully-crafted continuity from the plot outline of the first book. Tubby's still got a warm place in his heart for the underdog, and he still shares his attraction for alcoholic beverages. The author has quietly magnificent metaphors and euphemisms that help with his colorful descriptions of The Big Easy. I know this isn't more than light entertainment for most readers, but the masterful way that plot ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Scot rated it really liked it
Entertaining criminal investigation novel featuring a well-fed late middle aged lawyer named Tubby Dubonnet as the hero. Wonderful sense of evoking place: the setting is New Orleans and one call tell the author not only knows the range of traditions and perspectives possible in that singular city, he relishes them. Tubby begins to see some intriguing connections between a series of disparate cases he is involved in given the wide range of clientele he has—he is sensible about working for the big ...more
Stanley McShane
Jan 02, 2014 Stanley McShane rated it it was amazing
Set in New Orleans, City of Beads by Tony Dunbar, highlights the mystique that is New Orleans. Attorney Tubby Dubonnet is pulled back from his sabbatical to investigate the murder of former friend and client Potter Aucoin. As with any large city, it's a toss-up as to who controls the political scene--perhaps the gambling side of life with dark, mob-connected casino bosses or the Asian network connection of crawfish farmers tapping into the lucrative food-driven side of New Orleans big money. It' ...more
Tony Randall
Aug 03, 2014 Tony Randall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read but you must keep tabs on the various characters introduced through the book. They all have a part to play in the plot that won't be immediately obvious but it all becomes clear as you read. The result is a book that, for a while, seems somewhat disjointed and a little hard to follow until you really get into it. Overall, an satisfying experience.
May 11, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. I like this series about lawyer Tubby Dubonnet, who operates five minutes from the French Quarter in New Orleans. Great descriptions of the city, the surrounding habitats, and the food. Tubby has principles, but not enough to make him boring. A divorced dad with three mostly grown daughters, he makes middle age seem fun again. As with most series that I first become acquainted with through ebub, this is the 2nd in the series rather than the first one, but that's no problem. In ...more
Jay Williams
Apr 26, 2016 Jay Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book to read and just a little demanding due to the many colorful and interesting characters. The city of New Orleans is prominently on display, and the atmosphere of the "big easy" helps tell the story. The use of detailed descriptions from time to time creates good mental images that provide a setting for the story and a feel for the characters. The story begins with a number of separate scenes involving interesting but apparently unrelated actions. Eventually it all comes togeth ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Joyce rated it it was ok

Tubby Dubonnet is an attorney in New Orleans who is somewhat bored with his life. He has a nice office, a decent secretary, an ex-wife he avoids and three daughters. He is also somewhat of a fixture in N.O. All of this lends color to the novel, but does little to add to its plot or characterizations. It isn't a bad book. But unfortunately it also isn't a good book either. Mediocrity seems to have found its own level.
Aug 28, 2014 LeAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was new to this it as a freebie on Kindle. I thought I had nothing to lose if I didn't like it. But actually I it, that is. Tubby is just like most of us. Not one of the fancy lawyer types from a TV series. He has personal problems like most of us and he has a collection of friends who keep the tale interesting. New Orleans being a quirky city, there are going to be quirky people in it...some nice, some crooked, some pretty darn mean. I suggest you keep a list of the ch ...more
Diana Febry
Apr 29, 2016 Diana Febry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The strongest feature of this book it the way it catches the feel of New Orleans. The second is the likeable central character of Tubby Dubonnet. Thirdly the writing is of a good standard.
In the first half of the book Dubonnet takes on several seperate cases and the story is a little rambley. However I was happy to wallow in the atmosphere of the city in the company of Tubby and his friends. At the half-way point the cases start to link together and the pace picks up a little.
I wouldn't call t
Mar 10, 2016 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This is second in the Tubby Dubonnet series, about a New Orleans lawyer who cant seem to help getting into trouble. In this one Tubby is recruited to be lawyer for a casino, is trying to find out who murdered a friend of his, get a kid out of jail, and provide pro bono services to a campus environmental group at the instigation of his daughter. Amazingly enough all these threads and maybe a couple more come together in the end to the endangerment of Tubbys life. Somehow he manages to get it all ...more
Bryan D.
Mar 02, 2015 Bryan D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
21 of 75 for 2015. This is my second Tubby Dubonnet mystery, having previously read Lucky Man. Tony Dunbar packs more characters into a book that the city phone book, but somehow, keeps them all distinct, even if somehow connected, and by the end of the tale, the threads have all meshed together in a very satisfying piece of cloth. City of Beads has the mob, crooked cops, drug dealers, gambling, and, of course, a femme fatale or two. Not to mention Tubby's love for his daughters and his father's ...more
Apr 28, 2016 T.L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.

The 2nd entry in the Tubby Dubonnet series, author Tony Dunbar sets up the character of Tubby quickly and then the action gets underway. A friend of Tubby's with a disposal service on the river ends up dead and his death doesn't sit well with Tubby. As lawyers often do, Tubby begins to ask questions and finds answers leading to more questions, which lead to dead bodies turning up in the elevator of the building his office is in, the victim someone he knew. Then things
Dec 06, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read two books in this series, and read them out of sequence. It works, anyway. Tuby Dubonnet is a genial, not particularly driven attorney. He likes food, he loves his city (New Orleans), and he isn't dumb. In this case, a client falls into his lap: a casino. It seems like an easy gig, and Tubby is already busy, involved in the estate of his murdered friend. Of course, things are never as easy as they should be in the Big Easy, and Tubby has to sort out the tangled webs.

Tubby is a fun c
Jul 28, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Almost interesting book set in New Orleans. In fact, the most interesting thing about this book is the setting. After that it's pretty thin on substance without much to offer. It's a detective novel with vaguely colorful characters surrounding the main character, possibly in an effort to divert the reader from the fact that this storyline isn't very good. Perhaps it's a good book to read on an airplane when you need something light to occupy the time. I'll give it two stars simply because I actu ...more
Nov 06, 2015 Nese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I hadn’t looked at the name of the author, I would have thought this was a book written by John Grisham, one of my favorite authors. The book has a steady pace, wonderful story telling, unforgettable characters, multiple story lines developing and merging gradually, and a beautiful description of New Orleans that I felt as if I were there in person while reading the book. I liked it so much that after finishing this book, second in the series, I went and downloaded the book before this one on ...more
Terri Weitze
I have a couple more of the books in this series on my Kindle (thanks to; and I will try another after reading this one.

I'm not crazed about the book, but it was definitely a good read. Nicely written, with several story lines going that somehow ended up wrapped up in a nice bundle by the end - and in a fairly reasonable manner too (not a "and then they woke up" or "then a miracle happened"). That takes a lot of skill.

I had hoped for a little more in the way of New Orleans flavor, e
Sharon Storm
Jan 31, 2014 Sharon Storm rated it it was ok
This might be worth two and a half stars, because the setting is New Orleans and the characters are semi-interesting. There are three different story lines that are connected in some way, but because the author spends too much time on unimportant details, like how people in a crowd are dressed or what the interior of a building looks like, it was hard for me to stay interested. Not terrible, but I wouldn't make an effort to read other books in this series.
May 05, 2016 Joan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I kept reading until the 60% mark. I kept thinking I would get interested; after all, the writing style was pretty smooth and the book seemed to be professionally edited. It was just boring. I couldn't find any character to care about or any mystery to solve. The best thing I can say about the book is that it was free. So nothing lost but some time.
Sheila Rodden
Mar 24, 2015 Sheila Rodden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very laidback interesting New Orleans adventure

I really enjoy the easy to read books in the Tubby Dubonnet series. Casual conversations, historical mouthwatering facts and ideas that make you wish you lived in New Orleans. Great story of bad guys and good guys competing for their place in the grand scheme of things.
Jul 31, 2014 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent story, well-written and with a minimum of typos. The story-line flowed smoothly and the ending was credible. Even more pleasing, Tubby Dubonnet was very likeable in this novel. I had read LUCKY MAN a month or so ago and wasn't sure after reading that story if I really wanted to try another book featuring that character. I'm glad I took a chance on CITY OF BEADS.
Oct 23, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new series for me to enjoy! Tubby Dubonnet, a New Orleans lawyer, is the primary interest. He is a not-so-good, not-so-bad kind of legal counselor. I love the flavor of New Orleans interspersed within the storylines. The author manages to tie up a couple of cases together by the end of the book. Good, easy read.
Aug 29, 2015 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Tubby Dubonnet book I've read and have enjoyed both of them. One of Tubby's friends is killed, and this leads him into an adventure with casinos, drugs, organized crime, and issues of environmental damage to the Mississippi River.

The story is fast-moving with good dialog and humor.
Theodore Pack
May 22, 2014 Theodore Pack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous characters.

The characters in this series are all memorable and a wee bit off center. Just the way good writing should be. There are plenty of smiles to be had as you find more and more about each one. I'm hooked on this series and am now off to read his next adventure.
May 21, 2016 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tubby Dubonet gets involved in trying to solve the murder of an old friend who is shot in the head and dumped in his boatload of peanut oil. In the process, he gets invited to be the attorney for a gambling joint doing work that doesn't really need to be done - if it's too easy, there might be a catch. And a gorgeous woman associated with the establishment seems too available & attentive - is something afoot? Then there's the black woman who is running for her life, naked except for a robe - ...more
Apr 23, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a surprise! Got this ebook free on Amazon Prime so wasn't expecting much, but really enjoyed this. Would make a good beach read as his writing reminds me of Harlen Coben's, but without the droll humor. Love the New Orleans atmosphere. I'll definitely be looking for more Tubby books!
Aug 26, 2015 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Tubby" Dubonnet, a New Orleans with his own practice returns form a vacation trip to find that one of his good friends has been killed. While looking in to the killing and finding the police have few leads, he agrees t take a pro bono case for University group investigating pollution of the River at the request of his daughter, a student and member of the group. Those to cases and several others get him into trouble with the local Casino owners and local "mob". New Orleans atmosphere and local ...more
OldDave J
Mar 02, 2015 OldDave J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't put it down

This is one of those stay awake all night reads. I wanted to quit but kept thinking "Just one more chapter." I love Tubby as well as his supporting cast. I highly recommend CITY OF BEADS, as well as all the Tubby Dubonnet Series.
kenneth  h.  robinson
Irony, Mystery, and Murder

Lawyer Tubby Dubonnet has his hands full plying his part time job, as he solves mysteries, lays out justice as he does what he can so well for the folks who truly deserve it. He's a good friend and good father.
Dava Stewart
I like this story okay, but wasn't blown away by it. Now and then I was a little bored, but expected that at the outset because these aren't really my favorite kinds of books.

I'd probably read another from the series if I happened across it, though.
wayne r dalcin
Mar 08, 2015 wayne r dalcin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than Crooked Man

The first book spun a Featherstone tale but was compelling enough to give it another go. Glad I did! This storey moved along quite well with several side stories intertwining into a fast paced plot
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Tony Dunbar started writing at quite a young age. When he was 12, growing up in Atlanta, he told people that he was going to be a writer, but it took him until the age of 19 to publish his first book, Our Land Too, based on his civil rights experiences in the Mississippi delta. For entertainment, Tony turned not to television but to reading mysteries such as dozens of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe storie ...more
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“Tubby had taken a little time off. He had picked up some money from the Sandy Shandell case, and his current clients had no pressing problems that couldn’t be solved later, so he decided to treat himself. First he talked Raisin Partlow into driving down to Florida for a couple of weeks. Tubby rented a Lincoln Town Car with a built-in CD player, stuffed the trunk full of fishing tackle and firearms, and put an Igloo full of beer, bourbon, and orange juice in the backseat. They were on their way on the afternoon of a sunny day.” 0 likes
“They bought boiled peanuts from every vendor they spied alongside the road and had important theological discussions as the miles slipped away.” 0 likes
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