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New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith
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Apr 19, 11

bookshelves: mystery
Read from April 15 to 19, 2011

It's the first in a series of books about Skip Langdon, former Uptown girl, and now, much to her family's total dismay, a cop in New Orleans. I have a love/hate relationship with this book, kind of like I do with New Orleans, particularly New Orleans during Mardi Gras. I guess this book saves itself because it starts on Mardi Gras and moves promptly into Lent.
The NOPD is using Skip, a rookie, because she has connections to the upscale society of the murder victim. It's full of big city corruption, the poor, the posers and just plain weird people. If it were any city other than New Orleans, I'd probably miss half the subtle details. As it is, I'm laughing about po'boys, charmers, yats, and humidity.
Another saving grace is that I just read a book from later in the series, and so I'm more forgiving of this early, rough around the edges Skip.
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