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Cajun Nights

(Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Imagine investigating a case where each of the several victims had type O blood, drove an obsolete car, and hummed a nursery rhyme before committing murder and then suicide. That’s young criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn’s assignment and the solution just seems plain impossible. Her obese, jovial boss, chief medical examiner Andy Broussard, is just as baffled as she is. T ...more
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Published July 1st 1989 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 1988)
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Kathy Martin
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first Kit Franklyn/Andy Broussard mystery. In this case seemingly ordinary men are going crazy and committing murder and then suicide. Since Kit's specialty is suicide, she is involved in the cases but is baffled because most of the men showed no previous signs that they were suicidal. Soon, she's working with a computer-savvy colleague and discovers that the men might have something in common after all.

She and Andy investigate despite attempts on each of their lives. Kit shows rea
RaChelle Holmberg
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First book in an absolutely FABULOUS series - starts in 1988 so a bit of a trip down memory lane, mass spectrometer is new, no cell phones, a very exciting visit to GRITTY old New Orleans pre-Katrina - its a great trip! Now on to the next book in the series.
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read part of this series back in the 1990's, finding them only as used books. I was delighted to see them reissued as ebooks (and Audible books, too), which has allowed me to follow Andy Broussard and Kit Franklyn again as they solve unusual mysteries in and around New Orleans. I was pleased about the references to Hammond (where I live), where Broussard drove to testify in a trial. Now I can read the books I never could find 20 years ago. ...more
First, let me say that this is a well-written story, and it captures the reader's attention. There are some issues, though. First of all, there are a few sections, particularly near the end, that can cause a reader's attention to wander because they're almost mind-numbing.

However, the underlying characters and story are very interesting and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Andy Broussard is the more interesting of the two at the outset. Kit Franklyn is less so, partially explain
Mary Jo
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Over all I would classify this as a "fun read" (if you can call mayhem and death and destruction "fun"). I found the premise to be quite far fetched, but if you over look that the chills and thrills can be quite amusing and captivating. The ending was quite a stretch, the change in names when the "evil villain's ancestor" immigrated to must suspend your disbelief in order to enjoy this book. ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller, own
PDG... pretty darn good!
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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CAJUN NIGHTS is the first in the Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn mystery series. We’re introduced to the chief medical examiner Andy Broussard and his new suicide investigator/criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn. The cases they are investigating are tied together by their strange circumstances – each victim has type O blood, drove an old car, and hummed/sang a nursery rhyme before committing murder and then killing themselves. Kit is confused because only one of the men showed any signs of suicidal i ...more
Ronald Wilcox
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyable mystery set in New Orleans. Kit Franklyn is a new suicide investigator for the city and her boss is Chief Medical Examiner Andy Broussard. Several men apparently suddenly attack other people around them before committing suicide and Franklyn sees a pattern emerging that links them together. The explanation is an interesting premise but the book is weakened by the deus-ex-machina type of intervention that happens. The protagonist is likable though and I am looking forward to read more i ...more
Britt, Book Habitue
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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A fascinating premise with some deus-ex-machina aspects to the resolution. It helps to know that "the present" is the late 80s. (I wish authors would put years instead of "the present". I understand why they don't, but with how much technology has shifted even in the past decade reading something set 20-30 years ago as "present" makes you a little crazy trying to figure out why they don't just email each other or use cell phones.)

I guessed correctly that this is
Bob Kavanagh
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of Don J Donaldson v that I have read. I found his storyline intriguing and the pace of the book certainly kept my attention and curiosity. The two main protagonists were well drawn and very interesting. I will follow up this first book with others.
The story was well written and really interesting and as I said we'll paced and had lots of characters who added to b the overall deep south and cajun feel to the book.
I'd recommend this book for any reader who likes similar t
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun book! The suspense really hooked me, and I will definitely read the next one in the series. I like the way that character background tidbits surfaced throughout the story, rather than taking up a ton of space in the beginning. I was not a fan of the multiple third-person narration - if it were just a couple of characters, it would be fine, but throwing in the villain's point of view near the end was just awkward. Also, the title seems to have nothing to do with the story. But those things as ...more
Frances Livingston
My Review Of " Cajun Nights"

I rated this 5 stars as I just could not put the story down. It was a thrilling page turner. The story takes place in New Orleans, a city with culture that I love. The characters were well developed and you care about them. A very well told tale. I would read this author in the future
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a rather exciting book about a young psychiatrist, and and older medical examiner. They solve the mystery of what a children's song has to do with some native roots rendered toxic. Kit and Broussard make a good team. It is hard to imagine that people wish to kill you, but that is part of it, too. Broussard is quite the unforgettable character with his lemon sour balls. ...more
Gail Harwood
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book!!

Very good boo. It was really hard to put down. The story line was really good. I would recommend this book
Bonnie Green
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

I would recommend this novel to mystery lovers who love the South, especially New Orleans. This is a great series. Enjoy!
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
One word = voodooy
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I saw this had good reviews on a separate website. I must be missing something. This book seemed disjointed. Perhaps the second in the series is better?
Angie (Literary Labors)
Jul 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
I would give this 3&1/2 stars, if it were possible. Slightly hokie (hokey?) towards the end, but a pretty darn good read.
Samm Seals
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
THIS was a good book. the title is misleading and I consider it a marketing mistake! the story doesn't deserve this presentation....
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