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Devious (New Orleans #7)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,219 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson's riveting novel of heart-stopping suspense, a woman races to discover the truth about a convent filled with unholy secrets.

The crime scene at St. Marguerite's cathedral in New Orleans is shocking, even to seasoned detectives like Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya. A novice nun named Sister Camille has been found dressed in

Kindle Edition, 449 pages
Published April 1st 2011 (first published 2011)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Another chilling and terrifying read by Lisa Jackson.

Devious, the 7th book in her New Orleans Series, features once again, one of my favorite detectives, Reuben Montoya and his partner, Rick Bentz.

The story opens with the grisly and horrifying murder in a chapel, of a novice nun from St. Marguerite’s Convent. When Montoya and Bentz arrive at the crime scene, they discover that the murdered nun, Sister Camille, is not an unknown victim. Montoya had dated her during high school. There’s an added c
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Devious by Lisa Jackson is a book that tries to be all things to all people. No doubt, trying to attract a wide range of readers Jackson has written a book billed as an 'edge of your seat romantic thriller', but is actually a blend of paranormal/ murder/ romance/50 Shades (in no particular order). Instead of focusing on one aspect of the plot, and having the others as secondary threads, she has given them all an almost equal billing, to the detriment of the storyline.

We have a psychic Nun, able
Connie Grover
Apr 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aaargh! This was the second Lisa Jackson book I have read, and it will be the last. This felt like a shameless rehash of elements from "Without Mercy". The deceitful sister, the cowboy husband/boyfriend, the heroine's nightmares from something in the deep dark past; how unoriginal can you be! How many times can she paraphrase "sexier than any man has a right to be". And the climax scene where the baddie has to explain to the innocent why they are doing what they do could have been written by a t ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good nuns, bad nuns, dead nuns! Who's killing the nuns and why? And who is that handsome priest that has a problem keeping his vows! Another good read from the Montoya and Bentz series based in New Orleans. Some twists and turns and a parallel story that was picked up from before, just thrown in to make this book extra interesting.

2 thumbs up and 4 solid stars!
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Devious is the 7th book in Lisa Jackson's New Orleans Series. It is the first I read and I had no problem following the story. It features Detective Reuben Montoya and his partner, Rick Bentz. It is quite dark and scary with a serial killer on the loose.

The story starts with a bang. There is a terrible murder in a chapel at St. Marguerite's Convent. It is Sister Camille, a novice nun with a rather troublesome past. When Montoya and Bentz arrive at the crime scene, Montoya realized he knew the vi
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4 months ago

This was a very good read. Complicated, multi-layered murder mystery with a number of interesting elements and plenty of excitement.

When one of the nuns at St. Marguerite's is found garroted on the alter of the cathedral, wearing an old and yellowed bridal gown, the New Orleans police detective who catches the case is stunned to discover he knows her - went to high school with her right there in New Orleans.

It soon comes out that not only was the nun pregnant, she had been having an
Purple Iris
Not as bad as Without Mercy, but still not really worth reading, especially not after books by Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter. Cliché expressions, stilted dialogue, loose strings left dangling at the end to get you to buy the next book... No, thanks.
Milly Cent
Jun 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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To misquote Dorothy Parker, this book is not to be tossed aside lightly, it should be thrown across the room with full force.

No idea how this author made the NY Times bestselling author list. Her writing style is atrocious and subject matter contrived.

I must admit to lying about finishing it so I could review it. I tossed it across the room at the beginning of chapter 3, it was that bad
Crystal Heidel
Aug 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate giving bad reviews. And I usually enjoy reading Ms. Jackson's novels, however, Devious, her 7th NoLa novel, is heavy in the Catholic Church and I think she over-does the 'suspect the people in the church' stuff a little too much in this series. I felt bogged down in all the crossing, habit-wearing (I've done research for my own novel and discovered that nuns in America today don't all still wear habits; they just dress simply) and young women novices (again, really?! There were 'pretty' n ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another St. Marguerite's Convent mystery with Montoya and Bentz. The time Val’s sister Camille, a novice in the convent, is found murdered, wearing a bridal gown. Chief suspect is handsome Father O’Toole (oh, Camille was pregnant). Lot’s going on in this book – several interconnected relationships. More nuns are murdered. There appears to be a rogue priest on the loose. Whew! Val is a tad overwrought at times, which gets on my nerves. However, the book kept my interest. The ending made me go, Wh ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely the worst book I have read! The writing is terrible - was there even an editor? Ever hear of continuity? What is with the supernatural undertones? What is with the persistent nightmares that turn out to have next to nothing to with the plot? Is there an obsession with eyebrows? Exactly what emotion does 'slamming your eyebrows together' convey? Do you believe readers are so forgetful they need to be reminded of everything that has happened so far in every other chapter? Why is the boo ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a nun is found murdered by the altar of a convent Bentz and Montoya are on the case. Sister Camille is only the first. I never did figure out who did the crimes in this one until revealed at the very end. Good story.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb: Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya return in Devious. The crime scene at St. Marguerite's cathedral in New Orleans is shocking. A novice nun has been found dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted, her body covered with an alter cloth.
For Montoya, the brutal crime scene is disturbingly familiar -- his aunt, also a nun, was murdered. And the connections don't end there. Montoya knew this victim in high school. But the deeper the investigation goes, the more twisted th
Fredrick Danysh
After a Catholic nun is murdered in her convent, the New Orleans Police Department first suspects a priest and then fear that a serial killer who impersonates a priest is back in the city. The investigation uncovers a slew of secrets at the convent and it appears that no one is safe. A good read.
Terri Lynn
I read this in a day. Again, Lisa Jackson smothers her books in this series with Catholics, priests who have sex or kill, and this time, a bunch of nuns who have secrets like being lovers of a hot priest, not being religious, being religious enough to murder, or being knocked up. New Orleans detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya- Catholics of course, are both married to younger women who wanted to start breeding so both have babies under 8 months old. The wives grumble about the men not being ...more
This was the first book by Lisa Jackson I have read. As a mystery/suspense lover I will be reading more of her books in the future. But I was not totally happy with this one. It was very well-written and the story was engaging and made me want to find out who did it. But I didnt really think we got all the answers in the end.

I really liked the Detectives assigned to the case, and I am looking forward to going back and reading more of the books they are in. I love the New Orleans setting. It real
Melanie Adkins
New Orleans has always been a place where anything seems possible, but no one expected to find nuns dead in a chapel. It seems someone has a grudge. Rick Bentz and his partner Reuben Montoya are called to St. Marguerite's church and the site of the first murder. Unfortunately, Montoya knows the deceased and several others at St. Marguerite's. He should let someone else work the case, but this is personal. These people were from his past. The investigation starts off rough and just gets rougher. ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Val Houston, Was On The Verge Of Making Her Divorce Final, Had Lost Her Job As A Detective In Texas, Her Business One Step Away From Bankruptcy, And Now Her Young Party Girl Sister Was Entering A Convent!! They Had Been Placed In An Orphanage In New Orleans When Their Parents Died When She Was Five And Cammie Was Just A Baby. Both Had Left The City Only To Return Again. She Had Agreed To Buy Into A Bed And Breakfasts With Her Long Time Friend While She Tried To Figure Out What To Do About Her Si ...more
This is not your Catholic high school or your Catholic nunnery. Too much violence and too much graphic sex. But even the well-read mystery reader will be hard pressed to guess the murderer. If investigating priests, nuns, and a scandal within the Catholic Church is your cup of tea than this romance/mystery hybrid belongs on your reading list.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to it as an abridged version audio book. Liked the characters, especially the Texan, and I did not see the final twist in the plot coming. Well worth the listen. It also brought back memories of places me and my BFF went to when we visited New Orleans. Great memories.
From one of the deepest places within a woman's soul, true desires and cursed interests will leave several Sisters of Faith, Nuns, slaughtered all to simple woman urges to be loved, and to feel that loved returned onto them. First poor darling Camille, a daughtress hidden in a silhouette, a devised sexual fantasy playing right behind her rosary holding fingertips. Next falls Sister Lea De'Luca, a woman with an unquestionable desire for Father Mc'Toole. This bleeds the way for Louise, a woman who ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I listen to this is an audiobook. I thought I might really like it. But the end was disappointing. Probably my biggest complaint is that it seemed to feed from previous works and to feed into upcoming works without really being a standalone with a conclusion for each aspect of the story. There also seemed to be a few aspects of the story that she was trying to flush out for a paragraph or even a chapter and yet they went nowhere Internet tie into anything in the end.
Conni Harness
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good one. Definitely a master of psychological thrillers. I'm spell bound with in the pages of the action! Love these characters. Although I'm about to start the last book of the New Orleans Series, I do hope there is more to come eventually. Time will tell ...more
Jennifer Woods
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing..... Thrilling

Lisa Jackson is such a wonderful writer.
Wow this book was long but the story was Sooooooo good! Highly recommended!
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bianca Roxana
Mi-a luat foarte mult sa o citesc deoarece a avut prea multe scene terifiante si mi-era groaza de ce urmează. Una peste alta, subiectul mi-a placut mult, acțiune complexa, personaje multiple, lucruri care mi-au pus mintea in mișcare încercând sa găsesc eu criminalul. Desigur ca nici nu as fi crezut ca acesta este de fapt o femeie.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
Lisa Jackson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, plain and simple. Devious is only the second novel of hers that I have read, and while I did not enjoy it as much as Without Mercy, I love her writing style and her ability to maintain suspense over 400+ pages. Some may feel that the novel is longer than necessary and although there is some agreement from me there, the rich back story allows you to get to know the characters and develop an understanding and appreciation for the issues th ...more
I pick this up on a spur and it sounded pretty interesting. When I begun the first few pages, it got good. I loved the intrigue and anticipation. This is my first book from Lisa Jackson.

But I think this book is an excuse to write about sex and desires. I loved the mystery and thrill of the novel but felt that it was sidelined by all the love story-ness of many of the characters. This could have easily been a book about different women characters with big problems in their love lives.

The story li

New Orleans kembali dikejutkan dengan sebuah pembunuhan yang terjadi di dalam Katedral St. Marguerite. Sister Camille ditemukan tewas dalam balutan gaun pengantin dan bekas jeratan di lehernya. Kakak Camille, Valerie Houston, yang mantan polisi, tidak puas dengan kelambatan polisi menangani kasus pembunuhan adiknya. Ia memutuskan untuk menyelidikinya sendiri ditemani suami yang sebentar lagi akan ia ceraikan, Slade Houston.

Detektif yang ditugaskan untuk menyelidiki kasus ini tak lain d
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Is there gonna be any more in the series? 3 26 Jan 13, 2013 01:04PM  
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  • Hush
  • I Can See You (Romantic Suspense, #10; Minneapolis, #1)
  • Fatal Secrets (FBI Trilogy, #2)
  • Outlaw (Medieval Trilogy, #3)
  • Where All the Dead Lie (Taylor Jackson, #7)
  • Before She Dies
  • Scared To Death (Live to Tell #2)
  • Breaking the Rules (Troubleshooters, #16)
  • Secrets to the Grave (Oak Knoll, #2)
  • Blood Vines

Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages. 

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Other Books in the Series

New Orleans (8 books)
  • Hot Blooded (New Orleans #1)
  • Cold Blooded (New Orleans #2)
  • Shiver (New Orleans #3)
  • Absolute Fear (New Orleans, #4)
  • Lost Souls (New Orleans, #5)
  • Malice (New Orleans, #6)
  • Never Die Alone (New Orleans, #8)

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