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(New Orleans #7)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,838 ratings  ·  356 reviews
"Terrifying. . .A Creepy Thriller." –Publishers Weekly

When New Orleans detective Reuben Montoya is called to investigate a murder with his partner Rick Bentz, he's shocked to recognize the victim. Camille Renard, an old high-school friend, was found on the altar of St. Marguerite's cathedral, dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted. . .

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Published February 28th 2012 by Zebra (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
    Shelves: ebooks
    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
    Gloria ~ mzglorybe
    Creepy? ...Definitely!
    Violent? ...Yes
    Graphic? ...Yes
    Disturbing? ...Yes
    Compulsive? ...Yes
    Recommended?... Hmm.

    If those things don’t bother you then go for it, especially if you like figuring out who-done-it. The first chapter scared me so much that I wasn’t going to read it but hubbys opinión swayed me. Having been in a convent myself as a novitiate once upon a long time ago, it was difficult for me to get through this at times, as it involves murders of nuns. I had to keep remind
    Karielle at Books à la Mode
    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
    May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Stars: 4 / 5
    Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read, despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.

    Devious is the seventh book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in April of 2011. This time around the author sets her plot revealing shades of Montoya's past, in essential centering around him, even though Bentz and Montoya are working on solvi
    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.
    New Orleans Louisiana apparently has a bunch of nuns who are all evil and devious, brought to our attention through this tale.

    Luckily for me, I picked this up as a remnant through a reseller, and didn't pay full price. It was was difficult to read through, with too much history badly explained, using the church and semi-religious quotes to push an alternate theory of justifiable homicide (at least on the part of the villain).

    One of the complaints I have seen from other reviewers is that nuns d
    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
    Lu Rose
    In my opinion and thoughts i believe this is the last book of the series for within this book the author brought back a previous serial killer from the book cold blooded ( Book 2 of the New Orleans series) - Father John killing off his victims using a rosary with the beads sharpen and put the rosary around their necks and choking them until they die. At the end of the cold blooded everyone thought that they had killed father john that became bait for the alligators but everyone was wrong and now ...more
    A Reader's Heaven
    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

    When New Orleans detective Reuben Montoya is called to investigate a murder with his partner Rick Bentz, he's shocked to recognize the victim. Camille Renard, an old high-school friend, was found on the altar of St. Marguerite's cathedral, dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted...
    Valerie Houston's younger sister, Camille, had a knack for making bad choices. She left Texas after falling for Va
    Jean Brown
    Montoya and Bentz are great characters. I enjoyed reading about their working partnership and family relationships. Also, found the other main characters Slade and Valerie likeable and relatable. I liked how the story switched between these characters and locations. Though I had some ideas on who the killer was I was never one hundred percent sure. The ending provided quite a few surprises for me. I feel it would have been a real nail biter page turner with some sharper editing. This is because ...more
    Paola Aliedo
    Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: finished
    This is the first book that I read from Miss Lisa Jackson and I was amazed on how she weaves stories especially thriller like this one.

    I was rooting that Valerie and Slade would be together and I was happy. I was also hoping for Sis Lucia and Cruz because seriously they have chemistry.

    I love and enjoy every mystery and heart-stopping moments in the story. I wasn't able to guess the real killer of the nuns but I had a hunched that the murderer was from the inside the church.

    Father John was still
    This is not my favorite series by Lisa Jackson. I don't care for the dark, psychological, ESP aspects . Also this series seems to focus on horrors that take place inside of Catholic Churches, yes there are disturbed people in every walk of life, but I just don't like the focus here. Other than that, the story was good, trying to figure out the connection between the victims and who might be the killer kept me on my toes.
    Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: mystery
    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.
    joyce holland
    Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Can't wait for next book . Love the detective s and their families who is Father John going after next .The books never fail to keep me on the edge of my seat

    The twist in this last one was something I didn't see coming

    Please write the next one soon
    Thanks for enjoyable reading

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    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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