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River Road by Suzanne  Johnson
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bookshelves: read-in-2012, supernatural, urban-fantasy
Read from November 23 to 26, 2012

Suzanne Johnson continues to heat up the action in River Road, her second entry in her urban fantasy series set in Post Hurricane New Orleans. Johnson has a deft touch with dialogue and has set up an interesting urban fantasy world centered in both modern day New Orleans, and its past.

Drusilla Jaco is a Green Congress wizard who is the sentinel for the New Orleans area. Along with her partner Alex Warin, a shapeshifter, she patrols New Orleans and protects it from magical issues.

DJ has attracted the amorous attention of Jean LaFitte, the legendary pirate, an undead pretenatural who is doing business in both present day New Orleans and the Beyond, the magical universe inhabited by otherworldly creatures and the undead. LaFitte's friend and business partner is Robert Delachaise, a merman, who is having a territorial dispute with another merman clan, headed by Denis Villere. While meeting with both to mediate a truce, DJ and Alex discover a dead wizard, who has been ritually slain and learn of the death of another wizard. In addition, the merman inform DJ that the water of the area has been fouled with some chemical that is making merpeople ill. DJ and Alex must investigate the deaths and the water issue.

DJ enlists her friend and fellow wizard Tish to help with the magic on the water and gets some help from a nymph to deal with the merman and the poison in the water. The cavorting nymph has her own magic and the merman and nymph supply a lot of the plot.

But the novel is not just about murder and magic. Johnson keeps the plot bopping along by fully developing DJ and her life outside of her magic. DJ's life is complicated by the attention of the men in the novel. She must not only deal with LaFitte's attention on a date, but goes out on a date with Alex Warin's cousin Jake, a powerful werewolf with control issues, and even visits Alex's family as Alex's pretend girlfriend. Alex and DJ are also making sparks, which bothers DJ because he is her partner and she does not want to mess up their "friendship" and working relationship. Alex may have other ideas about that.

DJ also must deal with the other Sentinels, who look down on her because her power is more ritual magic and the issue of the Elves who want to confront DJ about a magic staff she wields.

DJ risks a lot when she comes up with a crafty solution to figuring out the water problem, but the murderer of the wizards claims another victim. DJ and Alex must race to figure out who is killing the wizards before its too late for another of DJ's friends.

Suzanne Johnson's urban fantasy return to New Orleans is another worthwhile entry in this genre. She is an author to watch.



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Cathy I'm glad you liked it. I have it on my shelf to read in the next few weeks.


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