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Jass (Storyville #2)

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In the rowdy red-light district of Storyville, four players of the new music they call "jass" have turned up dead. When Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to investigate, he discovers that every one of the victims once played in the same band, and the only one left alive has gone into hiding.

As he digs deeper, Valentin becomes convinced that a shadowy woman is the ke
Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 9th 2006 by Mariner Books (first published 2005)
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Jun 22, 2016 Izzy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
The case itself intrigued me and I didn't want to put the book down because it kept me interested. I wanted to know why all these musicians were being murdered in such distinctly different ways. I also thought the relationships of the characters were very interesting.


However, I feel like the book did not actually pick up until after the death of Dominique. Only after that did St. Cyr seem to really show interest in the case. Which I understand because after that the case was more perso
Feb 08, 2016 Istiningdyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives, series
The continuation of private detective Valentin St. Cyr’s adventure in Storyville, New Orleans. This time, the mystery revolves around several jass players who’ve been mysteriously murdered. No one seem to care about a couple of jass players died in a span of a week, expect Jelly Roll Morton. He knew that something else is going on. So he asks Valentin to solve the mystery. After all, he did very well in the last Black Rose Murder case.
We don’t necessarily have to read the first book to read Jass
Laura Cushing
Apr 20, 2011 Laura Cushing rated it it was amazing
The second in the Valentin St. Cyr mystery series, Jass continues the story of a creole detective in Storyville New Orleans. In this book, jazz musicians are being murdered and it's up to Valentin to find the connection. The mystery itself almost takes a backseat to the continuing development of secondary characters - the relationship between Valentine and Justine takes a surprising turn, and we learn more about her past. The detective's sidekick is back too, the streetwise orphan nicknamed 'Bea ...more
JASS (Private Investigator-New Orleans-1909) – VG
Fulmer, David – 2nd in series
Harcourt, 2005- Hardcover
Investigator Valentin St. Cyr is asked to look into the deaths of four New Orleans musicians. Although the manor of each death is different, they all once played in the same "jass" band. When St. Cyr is pressured to give up the investigation, he becomes more determined to find the reason, and killer, behind the deaths.
*** Fulmer has a wonderful style and ability to convey the feeling of New Orl
Jun 26, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2013
I really like David Fulmer's gritty Storyville series, set in the red-light district of 1900s New Orleans. The author beautifully captures the uniqueness of this multiracial city, and the setting and historical detail are probably the strongest attributes of this novel. The action/mystery holds the reader's attention, but for me, having visited and loved New Orleans, it was his tribute to the place that won me over. Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr provides the pefect insider's perspective on t ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Steve rated it liked it
I have been reading Fulmer's Valentin St. Cyr mysteries out of order. The are very rich historical period pieces. You feel like you are in New Orleans in the early 1900's. According to the book jazz was first called jass. The book's story line is based on the murder of jass musicians. The plot is intricate and it is not easy to see where things are going for some time. St. Cyr's complicated love life and brooding psyche are covered a little much at times for my liking. However, when the action c ...more
Dale Barlow
Dec 28, 2013 Dale Barlow rated it it was amazing
review not written until 12.28.2013): sequel to CHASING THE DEVIL’S TAIL (not yet read by me) about a detective searching for a killer of most of the band “jass”. The sole survivor has gone into hiding & local authorities are trying to convince the detective to ‘drop the case’, naturally without success; a mysterious lady is the major clue. As I recall I devoured this book while on vacation in northern CA; read Aug. ‘13/#65
Feb 21, 2009 Marsha rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, mystery
Creole detective Valentiin St Cyr. solves a puzzling mystery in 1900's New Orleans. I liked the characters and the descriptions of the city. Felt like I could be sitting right there in New Orleans. Fulmer's "Chasing the Devil's Tail" won the shamus award. I am putting that book on my "to read" list.
Michael Smith
Sep 21, 2013 Michael Smith rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good detective novel, though most of the actual detecting comes towards the end. The characters are interesting and the book really feels like it belongs in that early jass period. There were some subplots that I didn't think were really resolved at all, but overall it was a good read.
Chris Wharton
May 13, 2016 Chris Wharton rated it liked it
Valentin St. Cyr investigates murders of jass (forerunner of jazz) musicians in New Orleans in 1910. Race, gender, power atmospherics from Storyville and other districts. St. Cyr contends with historical characters -- Jelly Roll Morton, Tom Anderson (King of Storyville), various madames, ghost of Buddy Bolden.
Oct 16, 2008 Ronn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery fans, early Jazz fans
I read a LOT of New Orleans literature, especially right before a trip there, and I am heading there on Saturday. This book is as evocative of a time and place as any I have ever read. I really believe I have found a new favourite N.O. author. I intend to seek the other books featuring this protagonist.
Oct 13, 2008 Vickie rated it really liked it
If you love New Orleans, you have to read this book! The setting is the height of the jazz age - 1920s New Orleans. The descriptions of the city are dead-on, and beautiful to boot. I enjoyed every descriptive word that jumped off the page. Fulmer manages to capture a time and place so well, you feel as if you're there.
Jay Cardam
Feb 13, 2014 Jay Cardam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, historical
Jass is the second of Mr Fulmer's ST CYR series and I would say better than the first. Over all the story flowed more smoothly and the characters felt better developed. This could be in part because I am getting to know these characters better as a reader this being my 3rd novel in the series. (Yep, I started with the third, Rampart Street.) Waiting for number four to arrive in the mail.
Mar 28, 2013 Jack rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Good --- Second Valentin St. Cyr mystery. This one ended a little bit better but was basically about a killer targeting Jazz players who as it turned out all were in the same band. Good tale of revenge and blood.
Nov 26, 2012 Coki rated it liked it
picked up based on the recommendation of another title in the series by a NOLA friend. Great ambiance but I had a hard time getting through it. May try another just to see since the descriptions of old New Orleans are lovely
Paul Peden
Aug 29, 2013 Paul Peden rated it it was amazing
Fabulous. This writer is another winner. Such a vividly evocative style, you are transported to the time and place of 1900's New Orleans, and the atmosphere that perfectly produces the events and characters within it. I am crazy for these books. Valentin is my new favorite!
Jan 02, 2009 Miriam is currently reading it
This is the second one in the series, and the second one I've read. It's a good historical mystery, set in Storyville in New Orleans at the birth of jazz. Very atmosperic, interesting hero, good mystery.
Mar 03, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful, insightful book that entertains with drama and suspense set in New Orleans. The kind of book that you don't want to end because you love the characters so much. A little music history combined with love, loss and mayhem!
Julie Barrett
Jan 04, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
BOOK 2 in the St Cyr/Storyville Mysteries! LOVE ALL OF THESE BOOKS & waiting so patiently for the next installment -6 years aah!

I PROMISE you'll enjoy these books! Read them in order to get the full experience!
Stacy Lewis
Jun 09, 2012 Stacy Lewis rated it liked it
Second in the series, this was enjoyable but did not provide as much history of old New Orleans as the first.
Jul 05, 2015 Patty rated it liked it
Love the setting (New Orleans, at the very beginning of the Jazz Age). A great period piece, and blend of real and fictional characters.
Tracey Richardson
Apr 01, 2012 Tracey Richardson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes reading about old New Orleans
Recommended to Tracey by: I found the first book when I Googled "Rampart Street".
I adore the Valentin St. Cyr character and have read all of David Fulmer's books about Valentin. I liked reading about old New Orleans and Storyville.
Feb 15, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
Well written. New Orleans jazz musicians being murdered. Interesting view of the start of jazz music and on race/status in New Orleans at start of 20th century.
Sep 11, 2012 Cassie rated it really liked it
Excellent, gets me excited about visiting New Orleans. Though not the New Orleans in this book, too scary. An excellent, albeit tertiary, cultural introduction to jazz as well.
Apr 22, 2009 Rose rated it really liked it
As I continue David Fulmer's St. Cyr mysteries I learn more and more about New Orleans circa 1910.. more about infamous Storyville and the people who lived there.
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