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(Jake Longly #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Nothing is easy in The Big Easy

PI Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison head to New Orleans at the behest of Nicole's uncle, movie producer Charles Balfour, when his megastar, A-list actor Kirk Ford, awakens in his hotel bed with the body of Kristi Guidry, a local college coed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder.
Published December 12th 2017 by Oceanview Publishing
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Paul Falk
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-drama
Author D.P. Lyle took me on an excursion through the colorful streets of the Bayou. Home of the Mardi Gras - New Orleans. The momentum from the action-packed scenes cascaded with suspense from beginning to end. I was all-in. This well-written narrative carried a fervor that held me in its grasp throughout. Just the place I long to be. I was blindsided by the ending. Never saw it coming.

Retired baseball legend, Jake Longly was livin' the dream in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The beach, the beer, the
DNF at 35% = no rating.

I am totally lost and couldn't careless about the fate of any of the characters, so there's nothing to keep me invested in the story. This is on me and not the author, perhaps the fact it's the second in a series, something I didn't realize upon requesting a copy, contributed to my disconnect. I can't say I'd recommend this as a standalone story.

Copy received via NetGalley
Sherwood Smith
Jun 29, 2017 added it
Shelves: mystery
Set in raffish yet enchanting New Orleans, this mystery gets tough, beautiful, kick-boxing and fast driving Nicole and her more laid back ex-ballplayer partner Jake moving when Nicole’s Hollywood producer uncle begs for help. It seems his big star in a successful science fiction franchise woke up with the king of hangovers, with a strangled girl next to him. Of course he is under arrest, and the production is shut down, bleeding money.

Nicole, Jake, and Jake’s tough P.I. dad Ray (along with his
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In this second book in the series, former Major Leaguer Jake and his crew go to New Orleans to help out a movie production. It seems the star of the film has woken up next to the dead body of an extra, but he's sure he didn't do it.

The extra just happens to be the favorite niece of a mobster.

The crew investigates, and mostly just roams around New Orleans. Nobody ever seems in any real danger until the last little bit of the book. There's not a lot of tension. That's the big flaw in the work.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Happenings in New Orleans always draw me into reading a book. Love the city and Lyle hits on the hot spots in the narrative. This is part of the Jake Longly detective series but this work easily stands alone. Easy prose and comic dialogue shows off Lyle's skill as an amazing author. Jake was a major league pitcher for the Texas Rangers who due to an injury was forced to move his career into other areas. Nicole Jemison is his girlfriend with a kick-ass gorgeous personality who brings a welcome ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and reading it during Mardi Gras week was perfect timing! Other reviews have summarized the plot so I won't be redundant. For me, the book had just the right mix of mystery, thriller, a bit of romance and a dash of humor. The characters were very compelling; I even felt a small amount of sympathy for Tony Guidry, the uncle of the victim, even though Tony is well-known for his connections to drug dealers and the reputed Dixie Mafia. And what would a book about New ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This was a real surprise.
A easy read thriller with plenty of action.
The characters were entertaining and it left me with a smile.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

I haven't read any of this author before but truly enjoyed this zany romp through New Orleans with Jake and Nicole--amateur PI's who work for Jake's Uncle Ray. When an A-lister star winds up in bed with his strangled date and feigns innocence, Jake and Nicole are on the case! Drug dealers, lots of good food and alcohol, and witty banter are all a part of this murder/comedy/thriller. Told mainly from the point of view of Jake, we get lots of humor as he constantly praises his girlfriend, Nicole;
D.J. Adamson
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In book one of this series, PI Jack Longly and Nicole Jamison become a detective team. This time, they are sent down to New Orleans by Nicole’s uncle—a movie producer—to find out why his A-List mega-star actor, Kirk Ford, woke up to find a dead girl in his bed. Glitzy Hollywood moves this story both in setting, character and plot. Lyle is known for giving his readers a thrill-ride and in this Hollywood-studded read, he doesn’t disappoint.
--Le Coeur de l'Artiste
Doward Wilson
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Longly is an ex-professional baseball pitcher. Now he owns a bar and restaurant on the beach in Gulf Shores and is a Private Investigator. His PI father, Ray, and his girlfriend, Nicole Jamison have accepted a case from her uncle, movie producer, Charles Balfour. His megastar, Kirk Ford, has woken up in his hotel suite in New Orleans only to find his date murdered in their bed! Kirk's movie shoot is in danger of being shut down if the investigation takes too long or Kirk is found guilty. ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

Jake Longly and Nicole Jemison are private investigators and we follow their story as they get a new case.

Set in New Orleans, a fun and food-filled, liquor-flowing tale gets underway when the Nicole receives a phone call from her uncle Charles Balfour, a Hollywood movie producer/director, asking for both Jake’s and her help in the investigation of a murdered young woman inside of a Big Easy five-star hotel room.

The young woman, Kristy Guidry, and
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Fun storyline even though it’s a mystery. There’s a little bit of many things going on in this book. The Hollywood movie stars in New Orleans to film a movie, but 2 were found in bed together & the man can’t recall what happened the night before. It’s up to the detectives to figure out if the Hollywood man is the suspect.....or did something else happen in the Big Easy the detectives will find? Fast paced, enjoyable, fun read

I’d highly recommend this book esp. for those who enjoy the “
Thank you to NetGalley, D.P. Lyle, & Oceanview Publishing for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This book surprised me honestly. It surprised me in a good way. I requested this book on NetGalley, and I didn't read the first Jake Longly so I had no idea what to expect. Also, I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did.

This grabbed me by the synopsis. I thought it was going to be a thriller, but it was more a funny fast-paced mystery. As I didn't read the first
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The A-List is an entertaining murder mystery set in the Big Easy and the greater NOLA area. The characters seemed realistic and the author had his thumb on all our favorite New Orleans hangouts. My mouth was watering for an oyster po' boy from the Acme Oyster House on Iberville. I've even been to the firehouse on Decatur to buy authentic tee shirts. All in all it was a very fast read because of the Louisiana setting.
This book was lent to me by a fellow goodreads reader
Ted Lehmann
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: detective fiction readers and those interested in writing detective fiction
A-List by D.P. Lyle (Oceanview Publishing, 2017, Oceanview Publishing, $14.95/$9.99) is a lively, detective procedural set in New Orleans, which always provides lots of local colorful characters to story lines. Kirk Ford, a movie star with a “pretty” face has woken up in his hotel room with the dead body of his current girl friend lying beside him. That’s the entry to the plot of the second outing of the Jake Longley Novel by D.P. Lyle, a veteran writer of crime fiction and real crime books. ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
PI Jake Longly & Nicole Jamison are asked by Nicole's uncle to go to New Orleans to see about the trouble his A-List start Kirk Ford has gotten himself into there while on location for a movie. Kirk woke up to find Kristi Guidry dead beside him in a locked room at his hotel. Kirk can't remember anything smoking a joint and having sex with her. Kristi is the niece of the local mafioso. Everyone just wants the truth and it looks very much like Kirk did not do this when the forensics show the ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Jake Longly and girlfriend Nicole head to the Big Easy to investigate a murder along with Jake’s father Ray and his techno-wizard Pancake. It seems movie star Kirk Ford woke up in bed next to a dead woman.

The problem is that the dead woman named Kirsti was the niece of a crime kingpin who will do anything to get the guy who killed her. Can Jake, Nicole, Ray and Pancake work with this guy? They need to make a pact before things get out of hand.

Surrounded by famous actors, actresses, police
3 no 7
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
“A-List” by D.P. Lyle features an odd assortment of characters who call the Gulf Coast home. Jake Longly is an ex-baseball player who runs Captain Rocky’s Surf and Turf, while his father Ray runs a P. I. firm, Longly Investigations. Jake and his friends travel to New Orleans at the request of a relative when an A-list actor, star of the “Space Quest” movies gets arrested for the murder of a local girl found strangled in his bed. This "celebrity status" means damage control and cover up right ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat loosely aping the noir style of detective story, homage is also paid to Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who in this fast and furious--at least where the heroine's driving is concerned--novel. The opening chapter recalls a previous incident, hinting at a prior tale, but enough details are filled in as you go that this story stands alone quite nicely, thank you very much.

Set in New Orleans, the scents of chickory coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde contrasting with the stale beer and
I liked this entry the Jake Longly series as much as I liked the first one. With a few caveats.

As I said the review of that first book, Jake comes across a bit like a Frat boy on spring break in regards to women. At least Lyle has Jake’s sweetheart Nicole knocking him down a peg from time to time but his drooling wears a bit thin after a while.

Many of Lyle’s characters can see the wheels turning in another character’s head. They also spend a lot of time twisting their necks to relieve kinks in
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good by by D.P. Lyle. Thanks to Net Galley for my complimentary copy, I was fortunate to be able to read (and laugh out loud, literally) and review this book.

Wannabe PIs, Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison, venture to New Orleans with Jake's dad, Ray and his sidekick Pancake, to solve the mystery of a mob boss' daughter. I love that this book is full of humour and playfulness as well as written in a way that I was entertained and could not put it down. Well done...when is the next book
Angel Hatfield
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nicole is a P I and her partner-and lover- is a laid back ex major league baseball pitcher Jake. Nicole got a call from her Uncle Charles who was a famous director who was in Europe working on a film. An A-List actor Kirk had been with a local girl Kristy he actually cared about. He remembers smoking a joint and having sex with Kristy and that was it he woke up in the morning with a serious hangover and found Kristy stabbed to death with a bra next to him in bed and can’t remember anything else ...more
Scott Parsons
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, dtetective
Jake Langley—ex-big league ballplayer, beach bar owner, and reluctant PI- and his sidekick Nicole Jamison head off to New Orleans to investigate a murder at the request of Nicole's uncle who is shooting a movie in The Big Easy. His star, Kirk Ford, has been sidelined after he woke up in bed next to the dead body of Kristi, a local co-ed with whom he had spent the evening. Kirk is a known womanizer, love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. He has no clear motive to kill Kristi. Is he being framed? ...more
Jean Cole
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is a very entertaining entry (#2 in the series) into the private eye genre. Jake Longly, our hero, is a ex-MLB player who just wants to run his bar and enjoy life. But his father Ray, a retired special-ops soldier, owns a private detective agency, and circumstances conspire to draw Jake in. Other regular characters include Jake's girlfriend Nicole, and Ray's right-hand man Pancake. Pancake serves as
Eh... I wanted to like this book but I also just wanted it to be over. I just couldn't get into the characters.
Kirk Ford is an A-list actor who awakens one morning to find the girl he is "seeing', Kristi, dead next to him and he cannot remember anything from the night before. The movie producer for the movie Kirk is currently working on calls Nicole and her boyfriend who happens to be PI, Jake Longly in to help prove Kirk's innocence. I've read some great reviews on this book and the storyline
Jud Hanson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A-List is the second entry in award-winning author D.P. Lyles’ Jake Longly series. Longly is a former baseball player turned P.I. that investigates cases along with girlfriend Nicole Jamison. The pair head for “The Big Easy” when Nicole’s movie producer uncle asked them to help the star of his blockbuster franchise, Kirk Ford, who has been accused of murder. Although the circumstances seem to point to Ford, Longly believes he is innocent and sets out to find the truth. I found this mystery to be ...more
Jeff Benham
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series and the first book I have read by this author. Thank you BookBub! Jake is a bar owner on the Alabama gulf shores who is reluctantly pulled in to his father's PI business. He is also an ex pro baseball player. Numerous mentions of activities in the first book have made it a must read for me. Jake's character is immediately likable. His girlfriend, Nicole, might be the brains of the outfit. In this book, Kirk, an A-List actor has been arrested for the murder ...more
Joel Stronberg
Maybe 2 and a half

Writing was meh. The mystery was over very early in the book when an obvious clue was just hung out there. I don't like figuring out mysteries particularly so early in to a book. Had the characters been more interesting, I wouldn't have minded nearly as much. Characters were weak. Dialogue was weak as well.

Beyond the obviousness of who dunnit, the author left a clue, actually one of the two central clues, to be discovered by the investigators until almost the very end. Any
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: murder-mystery
I've just finished reading my third D. P. Lyle book in The Jake Longly series, his second book. I discovered this great author when reading his third book first. For me to have read these three books back-to-back and have spent almost $30.00 on them is very high praise. I normally spend 99 on the self-pub Sci-Fi I read.
Before we got our Kindles, my wife and I used to share reading mostly murder mystery books, the hardcover $20.00 ones. I had gotten away from that genre but I'm glad my wife
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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DP Lyle, MD is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, Silver Falchion, and USA Best Book Award nominated author of many non-fiction books as well as numerous works of fiction.

He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, House, Medium, and Pretty

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