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Death by the Riverside

(Micky Knight #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  988 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Among the moss-covered trees and wrought-iron balustrades of southern Louisiana, Detective Michele Knight (Micky to her friends) takes on the seemingly simple job of shooting a few photos for a client, but the going gets rough as Micky finds herself slugging through thugs and slogging through swamps in an attempt to expose a dangerous drug ring. The trail leads to the ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 15th 2001 by Bella Books (first published October 1990)
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Corrie
Holy swamp monster, batman! Consider me floored. Death by the Riverside (Micky Knight #1) was one hell of an introduction to the Micky Knight series. J.M. Redmann, why havent I read you sooner?

My Fall Back Friday choice (thanks Bethany!) was first published in 1990 but apart from no tech, it has remained as fresh as it was 29 years ago. The tech is usually what dates it There are no computers and mobile phones. Micky mourns the demise of her stereo set at the hands of some bad guys and uses pay
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Farah
Brooding, a$$hol3, quarter /half /3 quarter /1 night stander leads are not my type so I was reluctant to read this in the first place but Scribd has Book 1 - Book 8 and if I don't like it then I can just chuck it and move on without crying me a river over 5 dollars. Right after finishing it, I bought the book from BSB.


Private Detective Michele Knight - Micky, I have never come across this kind of character before. Maybe I'm still a Lesfic virgin (Nope, I lost it to Amanda Clover a few books
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Lex Kent
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was wonderfully written. Wow quite a ride! I have heard good things about this series. One friend told me Redmann writes the lesbian mystery equivalent of Sue Grafton. I can see it, Mickey is that hard-nosed private eye, like Kinsey. Both authors write beautifully. I was so immersed in this book, I felt like I was right there in Louisiana.
It's funny, at first I didn't think I was going to like Mickey. She drinks too much, sleeps around, can be crappy to her friends... but as the book
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Bethany
For my Fallback Friday read this past week, I picked a goodie! Thanks to Lex for the recommendation :) I totally felt like I was back at college at LSU, and am totally craving some beignets from Cafe Du Monde now...

Death by the Riverside is the first installment in the "Micky Knight" series. Micky is a private investigator in New Orleans, and this had all the hallmarks of great mystery series! Micky drinks too much, treats her friends like shit, sleeps around, but somehow you'll find yourself
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JulesGP
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ive told this story umpteen times so pardon if youve heard it before. I stumbled onto old detective stories when I was only 10 years old. No, not the classic Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie volumes or even the Dashiell Hammett noir. The books I fell into were musty paperbacks from the uk, bought for a buck fifty from the local Woolworth. Im sure I was too young for the tawdry tales of disgraced men in rumpled suits searching for their next whiskey and the willing women that seemed to always ...more
Alexis
I get what all the fuss was about now.

The plot. Detective Micky Knight gets herself into trouble as she unintentionally becomes the target of New Orleans' crime & drug lords. With mounting threats coming in from seemingly all directions Micky has to fight to keep herself and her loved ones alive while coming to terms with her traumatic past.

The characters.* With half a dozen secondary characters and roughly the same amount with smaller roles, this book has quite an interesting ensemble of
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Lexxi Kitty
I had not planned to start this book almost exactly 3 years after I first read it. A trick of fate, in a way, had me start the reread on February 13 2017. I had started reading the book the first time February 12 2014 and ended it on the same day, different year (February 14 2014 vs. February 14 2017). Weird how things like that can happen.

I initially rated this book something near 3.75 out of 5.00. Its been three years, but Ive a vague idea why all that sex. Coming from a history of reading
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hubsie
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Micky's narration at the beginning of this story was like one of those old black and white detective shows, only with a hard-ass female as the lead rather than an overweight bald guy in a fedora. Fuck goddamned, this was a good read, I fell for Micky in the first few pages. Her snark, sarcasm and deflection only made my curiosity grow as the story hinted at a sensitive heart that had seen way too much. And jesus christ at a bus stop, does she EVER have a complex, traumatic past. No wonder her ...more
Carolyn McBride
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every word of this book. I actually read it twice! It's gritty, it's personal, it's not as dark as I expected. It's so well-done, I could see every scene as it played out.
I am hooked.

I am now a Redmann fan for life. Excuse me, I have to go now and consume...I mean, read, the next book.
And then the next.
And then the next...
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is in my recommended books of the month

https://lezreviewbooks.com/recommende...

This is the start of the series of 9 books (so far) written by Ms. Redmann along three decades following the adventures of Private detective Micky Knight in the city of New Orleans. In this book, Micky attempts to expose a dangerous drug ring and meets the enigmatic Dr. Cordelia James. 4.5 stars.
Carly
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sucked in right from the start. I liked Micky from the beginning, she was who she was, she was honest about it. Although she has a tough outer shell, underneath is a big heart and all of her friends could see it. The plot kept be gripped throughout and hoping to see a little romance in the next book.
Kennedy
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a main character! Michele "Micky" Knight is "old school", she drinks too much, has her life together but not really and she sort of knows what she wants. You will either enjoy her character as the story unfolds or you will not. What I like is her persistence, care for others and not stopping until the job is complete. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
Elle
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars - I can't wait to read more of this series!
Cindy
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Over the last couple of years I have started this book several times. I have put it down just as many times. Somehow I couldn't get into it and I started to doubt if this book was any good. How wrong I was.

I just needed the right time and frame of mind to read this book because this is an amazing book and could easily become one of my favourite series.

Micky Knight is a self absorbed, drinking womanizer and is a straight up ass. Maybe this is why I couldn't get into the book at first; I couldn't
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Netty
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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Elaine Burnes
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian, mystery
Holy crap, what a great book! Id had trouble finding this, the first in the series, so started the second. There were too many mentions of things that happened in the first one, so I went into must-find mode. Even the publisher only had e-book versions. I ended up with a used copysorry J.M., no royalties on this one. While Micky Knight is a pretty typical hard-boiled private eye, what I like about this book is that the mystery does not overpower the characters. There are mysteries for the sake ...more
Spiderorchid
Definitly not a re-read and I will stay clear of the author's other works.

The idea wasn't bad. The problem is, this isn't really a mystery. The investigation only makes up a small part of the book, most of it is the protagonist complaining about her awful life or remembering terrible things from her past. She had a traumatic childhood. She's from a poor family and feels inadequate. She has a college degree but works as a PI in a bad neighbourhood, is chronically broke and her apartment is as
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Justina Johnson
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This first 'Micky Knight Mystery' book is magnificent. It firmly establishes New Orleans as the energy and heart surrounding our introduction to Micky Knight, born as Michele Antigone Robedeaux. That bit of data gently fell into my lap after I had read three quarters of the book. I treasured it. Micky is a classic tough nut and rarely gets too close to anyone. Is she a private investigator because or in spite of her prickly nature? Getting to know Micky from the start was even more of a delight ...more
Megan
May 20, 2015 added it
Shelves: lesbian-mystery
The Micky Knight series seems to be one of the most popular around right now, and Micky herself appears to be a well-liked character. I'm not sure why.

The first few pageseven chapters of Death by the Riverside seem confused, as if an editor has missed something. The prose is shabby and faux-tough and Micky is as unpleasant a protagonist as you art likely to find. Essentially, she speaks in bad quips, like someone trying to amuse a room full of her own clones. For instance, Im so witty with cunt
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Pogue
Oct 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I could not finish this book no matter how hard I tried. I know what made it hard for me to read it was that I was looking for a good mystery and had two first chapters of sex. I had heard great things about these books and was looking forward to a cup of tea, and a good mystery not a book on how great the protagonists boobs were or how many people she slept with.
Izza
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 | Micky, man.
Katy
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a great story
Book Info: Genre: Detective Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free copy of book 7 in this series in exchange for an honest review. I purchased the rest of the books in the series myself, so am under no particular obligation, but am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Detective Micky Knight, hired to take a few pictures, finds herself slugging through thugs and slogging through swamps while trying to expose a dangerous drug ring. Things turn personal when her own well-hidden
...more
Alena
Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Death of a Dying Man made me want to reread the series because there was really a lot of stuff I didn't remember. I couldn't place some characters and couldn't recall al ot of Micky's history.

So I went and read. It was fun! Micky was rawer and edgier back then, layers and layers of her history slowly displayed. I disliked her best friend Danny with a passion I don't think I felt the first time around.

Back when I first read it it was the first lesbian novel in which the characters, and
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Mel
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was just AMAZING! It is taking all my willpower and knowledge of how many unread books I have at home to not just go to amazon and buy the next in the series right now! I suspect I will give in by the end of the week.

This book is the best of lesbian detective novels done in the style of the hard boiled detective books of Hammett and Chandler. Our PI drinks too much scotch, has sex with her attractive women clients and all sorts of colourful friends. The plot is interesting with a lot
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Collierian
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
J.M. Redmann writes a great character in Micky Knight. Micky has depth- she is a smart ass with a past that drives her actions in the book. Redmann does a great job of revealing her characters. She doesn't rush to give you the background, you learn about the characters slowly. The whole series reveals an intelligent woman with a tough childhood who struggles to live her life and right some wrongs, while recognizing the limited ability of anyone to solve big and complex problems. Of course she ...more
Eliza Genang
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had been craving me some queer culture something shocking and I had an inkling that a murder mystery written by a lesbian featuring a lesbian detective might be just the ticket. I started with Val McDermid's 'Report for Murder', which was quite a gripping read but no where near lesbian enough for me.

This book, on the other hand, turned me into a total bore because I had an irrepressible need to haul up every lesbian I know and tell them in great detail just how lesbian (and thereby how
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Verechnaya
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The beginning of the series, while still possessing some of the elements that make the series as a whole quite a good read, does however feature a very unhealthy dose of slut-shaming and quite dysfonctionnal friendships if you can cringe your way through the first two books, the series gets a lot better despite Mickey and Cornelia's unbelievably bad communication, and each book's plot is usually very good and refreshing. ...more
Morgan
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian, procedural
It took quite awhile, maybe a little over halfway through, to start liking this book. The characters weren't doing it for me and were typical lesbian fiction cliches. The story meandered a bit and it felt like this could easily have been 50-75 pages shorter and tighter. However, at the end of the day, I did want to see how the story ended and felt the last few chapters were quite good.
Shpak
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good. I have yet to get over it. The series has absolutely everything I am looking for.
Jessica Nguyen
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
it's a 3.5 stars. Indifferent to me...
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Also writes under the pseudonym R. Jean Reid.

Jean Marie Redmann is an American novelist best known for her mystery series featuring New Orleans private investigator Micky Knight.

Main themes of Redmann's novels are the protagonist's troubled childhood and how it affects her adult life, discrimination based on sexual orientation and alcoholism. Her novels follow the tradition of hardboiled fiction.
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Other books in the series

Micky Knight (10 books)
  • Deaths of Jocasta (Micky Knight, #2)
  • The Intersection of Law and Desire (Micky Knight, #3)
  • Lost Daughters (Micky Knight, #4)
  • Death of a Dying Man (Micky Knight, #5)
  • Water Mark (Micky Knight, #6)
  • Ill Will (Micky Knight, #7)
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