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A Grave Mistake (Bayou #5)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Dead: one ordinary man. Just the latest in a string of losers in the wrong place at the worst time. Not the kind of case to yank New Orleans homicide detective Guy Gautreaux back from his leave of absence in Toussaint, Louisiana. There's someone in Toussaint Guy will do anything to protect. Jilly Gable is desperate to find the love of the family who abandoned her as a chil...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Mira (first published 2005)
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I read up to page 114 hoping that it would get better. Regrettably, I found the main character highly unbelievable and whiny. I had hoped the mystery would start to reveal itself but sadly, the author focused on what to seems to be a doomed romance, which detracts from the story to begin with. This book is 515 pages long but reading just the 114 pages that I did makes me wonder how such a horribly written story would have been published at all.
Sarah Sammis
A Grave Mistake came highly recommended to me by a friend. She and I usually agree on books so I was surprised when I couldn't make it past chapter 5.

The back of the book sounds like the type of book I'd normally enjoy with the homicide of an unidentified man, a loan shark who's treatening one of the main characters and finally a confrontation of an unknown foe.

Unfortunately seventy pages in, nothing had happened except for long passages about Jilly Gable's insecurities and some sex scenes. The...more
I enjoy this author, but this book just didn't do it for me. The suspense and storyline was fine, but there were too many oddball relationships to keep up with. Also, the dialogue was very awkward and stilted sounding. I'm sure this was because the characters were supposed to be having a hard time communicating, but even the self thought was painful.
Cheryl Doran-girard
This was almost pornographic, boring book (I had to push myself to finish it) masquerading as a mystery.
Aug 29, 2007 Barb added it
Too many characters/sex/mob connection.

Grave Mistake to read this!
It's like watching a DVD that skips scenes.
Jun 04, 2010 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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If you love hot, daring and sexy romantic suspenses, you'll love this new one set in New Orleans by Stella Cameron. Jilly Gable has a lot to going for her. She's in love with her best friend, Guy Gautreaux, who might return to the NOPD. She's also trying to reconnect with her mother, Edith, who abandoned her, when she was a baby, and trying to fit in with her step-father, her half-sister-in-law and her husband. But little did they know, that a cold case murder, new fresh murders, and the attempt...more
This book takes place in Toussaint and New Orleans, Louisiana. Jilly Gable is caught up in a murder that takes place at her restaurant. Her mother, who abandoned her as a child, has just moved back into town with a very rich husband. And then there is the very handsome Guy Gautreaux, a police detective on leave from the big city, who is on leave in the sleepy little town. The story gets very complicated with old and new murders and old and new intrigue involving all the characters. The mystery i...more
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In some ways there was almost too much story in the book. I'm still feeling very ambivalent about it, but that could be because I just finished it. I almost dnf, but the writing was good enough that I wanted to give it a chance. At times the sheer number of storylines got overwhelming. I might give this author another go because the writing really was quite good, but I'll have to find out if this is the way she always writes.
Another great Toussant book -- I love these characters!! The twist isn't too shocking but you want to see how it ends!!! This has a little more romance that some - but the characters that are love interest are soo good --- gotta love it when a woman tames that hard headed man!!!
Kenneth del Rosario

One of the worst books i've ever read. Characters aren't loveable or relatable. Plot makes no sense. Dialogue is redundant and annoying. Half of the book are sex scenes. If there's a zero for the rating, i'd give it that. Waste of time!
Jilly and Guy

So unbelievable. Who is going to fall for everything Jilly fell for? At every turn she is being suckered into something, or putting her life at risk, and doesn't question the motives or players. Bad, bad, bad.
Too many characters that went nowhere and a plot that was weak. Several parts of the storyline were not explained or led nowhere. I'd pass on this one if I had to do it over again.
Debbie Stanley
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It had a bit of romance, a bit of sex, a bit of humor all why following the story line. I was in suspense almost the whole time.
Thought I had already this book and was ok. LA bayou setting w/ twisted plot and characters. Just a time filler. Other books by this author are better.
Slow to start but got interesting. Would've given 4 stars but there were too many characters to keep up with.
Adrienne Deel
it was good. romance and action are my fav books. it kind of ended predictable. but i still enjoyed.
I love this series and can't do more than say READ them...hopefully you will fall in love with them too.
Michele bookloverforever
interesting cast of characters. dedcent plot. good love story.
Light, easy read. Flat ending.
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