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The Quarter Boys (Michel Doucette & Sassy Jones Mystery #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  111 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The day that a tourist is discovered murdered in a guest house in New Orleans' French Quarter, Joel Faulkner, an innocent 23-year-old from Mississippi, arrives in town hoping to start a new life. When he meets homicide detective Michel Doucette, he feels his life is finally coming together but soon he finds himself being drawn into a world of drugs and prostitution, and di ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published 2010 by Booksurge Publishing
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I got hooked by this book since the incipit:

Father Kenneth Brennan lay face down on the bed of his hotel room. He was naked, his wrists and ankles bound to the scarred wooden posts of the bed. Now this is a vacation, he thought. “How does that feel, baby?” a soft voice purred near his right ear. “That feels great,” Brennan replied in his best husky, porn-star voice. “You’re so fucking hot.”

Needless to say, Father Brennan won’t survive the first chapter..

New Orleans, summer 2004. A group of very
Ije the Devourer of Books
Oct 10, 2014 Ije the Devourer of Books rated it it was amazing
There is something I like more than gay romance and that is a good gay mystery with romance thrown in!!

And I like it when I come across an author that is new for me and find that he has a series!!! It is so exciting. A bit like finding an undiscovered country. Reading then becomes an adventure as I discover new people, new stories and new lives. It is just so exciting!! Did I say that before?

I know this might sound nerdy but I don't care!!!

And here is a new author for me with a series of six mur
May 23, 2014 MishyJo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MishyJo by: Giulio
This book had lots of things I don't usually like: a lot of plot, a murder mystery, and a romance that was totally secondary to the story line.

But it kept my attention all of the way through and I really enjoyed it. The fact that the next books seems to be a new mystery and not really about the relationship either makes it unlikely that I will continue with the series (despite the fact that Book 2 won some big literary award). There is only so much plot this girl can handle.
Stephanie  GooglyEyes
I absolutely loved Michel and his partnership with Sassy. I was a little sad about my favorite character, Lady Chanel. I won't get into that, its part of the mystery.

Joel and Chase (best friends since kids) were a bit immature but I had to remember they were young and Chase a bit dramatic. I do think Michel helps Joel to grow up a bit. Joel also helps Michel grow as well, emotional wise, as he's never had a love interest before.

There's a lot of who dunnit and twists and just a great murder myst
Apr 26, 2016 Neet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
What a good mystery! I love that it took place in New Orleans my favorite place to want to visit. Love the cast of characters from Sassy to Lady Chanel, and of course Michel& Joel. I was on the edge of my seat and this novel is really suspenseful. I only have to say that what happen to one of the characters, I didn't expect and it left a lump in my throat...I'm on to read the next book in this series and I can't wait to read the next 2!***'I re-read this again and it's just as good as readin ...more
Adam Dunn
Sep 21, 2015 Adam Dunn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
Can't say I liked it. The book was set in New Orleans but it really could have been set anywhere, there was very little description of the city and the scenes were all set in homes or gay bars. There was a double narrator, with the B narrator Joel taking up for space than the A narrator Michel and neither one was likeable.
There was a romance sub-plot but I finished the book yesterday and already I don't remember if they got together or not, partly because I didn't care. They were so flakey there
Murder mysteries especially those with slight romantic undertones pairs nicely together with New Orleans like café au lait and beignets. “The Quarter Boys” begins with a brutal murder on the same day that Joel Faulkner; a relatively inexperienced twenty-two year old, starts a new life in New Orleans where he believes he can be himself – a young gay man. Joel has come to live with Chance, a childhood friend from his home state of Mississippi, who has already established a life for himself in the ...more
May 13, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, series
Barely 3 stars for me. The writing was okay, but the mystery itself was mediocre. While I would like to see Joel and Michel get their HEA, Joel came across as so painstakingly weak willed that I'm not sure I can handle more of him. Still, the ratings--already relatively high--continue to climb, so who knows....
Angel Pedroza
Mar 07, 2014 Angel Pedroza rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book and have read the whole series. I loved the characters.
Awesome! One of the best murder-mysteries I've read in a long time - and even better, the novel is set in New Orleans! The characters are vivid and stay with you long after the story is over; Mr. Lennon had me guessing who the killer was up until the reveal and the suspense kept coming! Great job for a first novel - I'm looking forward to reading more about police detectives, Michel and Sassy - who continue in future novels....I strongly recommend this novel for anyone who loves as good murder-m ...more
Tammy Sload
Apr 28, 2015 Tammy Sload rated it it was amazing
loved it
Kay Sachse
Apr 22, 2015 Kay Sachse rated it really liked it
Michel Doucette and Sassy Jones work at the police force in New Orleans and have to solve yet another murder. When Michel meets Joel, he wonders where his priorities are and whether this new-in-town-boy could be more than just a fling, but then Joel disappears in the jungle of sex, drugs and drag queens. The story gets more and more thrilling till the slightly over the top finale. But it makes you beg for more ...
Aug 16, 2015 Harshini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot, more of a murder mystery and self discovery than a romance, but it sucked me in and kept me reading
Steve Woods
Sep 01, 2012 Steve Woods rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
A bit better than your average whodunit with a few interesting twists (twisted).Not a bad read tough nothing to get too excited about
Brian Williams
A so-so police procedural mystery set in New Orleans, but sufficiently interesting for me to read the next in the series.
Aug 01, 2011 Beverly rated it liked it
It was an engrossing read and a good crime novel, however, it had too much cruelty in it for me.
Steven Desrochers
Apr 25, 2011 Steven Desrochers rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Mike Reid
Nov 06, 2012 Mike Reid rated it it was ok
I thought the premise was good but the overall story was slow.
Joseph Longo
Jun 24, 2013 Joseph Longo rated it liked it
I found this book to be entertaining.
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“The vibration of his cell phone broke his reverie. “Doucette,” he answered. “Meet me at the Lamothe House,” Sassy replied. “Sassy, I told you I’m not that kind of girl.” “Very funny, Mr. Smart Ass. Looks like we have another body.” “I’m almost there,” Michel said quickly, then hung up.” 0 likes
“The actual inspirations for Lady Chanel were Samuel L. Jackson and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” As” 0 likes
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