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House of Blues [Mass Market Paperback]

Julie Smith
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May 1 1996 Skip Langdon Novels
"ONE OF THE BEST OF THE SKIP LANGDON SERIES. . . In the fast-growing field of fictional female police officers, New Orleans Homicide Detective Skip Langdon stands tall."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
After prominent New Orleans restaurateur Arthur Hebert is murdered in his beautiful Garden District home, three family members suspiciously vanish: Hebert's daughter, who was soon to have taken over the management of his restaurant, his ex-addict son-in-law, and his small granddaughter--all missing without a trace. A kidnapping gone wrong? Homicide Detective Skip Langdon thinks it's possible, but why should the kidnappers have taken three hostages when one would have been enough?
Skip's hunt for a murderer and the missing Hebert heirs embraces worlds within worlds--the elegant, dangerous Garden District, the French Quarter, the seedy Treme, broken-down projects, exclusive mansions, and lowdown bars. It takes her into places where the city's dirty business is transacted, and those where life is mostly madness, sadness, and badness. It may even take Skip to her death. . . .
--The Boston Sunday Globe

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From Publishers Weekly

Continuing her series featuring New Orleans police detective Skip Langdon, Smith's latest concerns a murdered restaurateur whose family has disappeared in the wake of his death.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

From the Edgar Award-winning author of New Orleans Beat (LJ 6/1/94) comes another installment in her mystery series featuring bayou homicide detective Skip Langdon. This time, a famed restaurateur has been knocked off, and Langdon must go hunting not only for the murderer but for some missing heirs.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars author's trends are disturbing Sept. 28 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read most of Julie Smith's Skip Langdon novels, and enjoyed some of them. Her later ones are starting to bother me. There are way too many subplots going on, at the middle of this book I had forgotten all about the main thread of the story until the author suddenly brought it up again. She also uses multiple points of view, which works in some books, usually long epic stories, but in a short mystery it is jarring and distracting. I see some reviewers of 82 Desire questioned whether she was also doing racial stereotyping or at least not portraying black characters realistically. To be honest, I wondered about that also, both in that book and House of Blues. I am white and have only had two brief visits to New Orleans, one in 1969 and one in 1995, so I don't have personal experience to draw on. However, it seems to me that if anyone is going to write about something they dont know, or that they themselves are not, they should at least run it by people who do know to make sure the story has some credibility. Based solely on my reading, I also felt many of her black characters appeared stereotyped and two-dimensional. She seems to be trying to draw an all-inclusive portrait of the city and its population, but it would be good to know that readers were getting an accurate picture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment after New Orleans Mourning... July 29 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved New Orleans Mourning, so I wanted to read more.
Sorry I did...not that I won't read another Skip Langdon
novel...I only gave this three stars for the main character,
because she's so real and so loveable.
But the editing of this book was a slap-dash job; I got very impatient with the inappropriate character responses: things slowed up when they should have been fast; and vice versa. I found myself doing something I hate to do with a book...skipping ahead just to get it over with.
I'll try Axeman's Jazz next, and if that doesn't work, I'll chalk
it up to someone who wrote one great novel and then, because it was popular, was forced to keep producing work that was a shadow of its original self.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing characters and a strong plot... April 9 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
... always make for the best mysteries. None of the characters are dull, Skip, the Hebert family and the always irrepressible Jimmie Dee keep you turning the pages. While the ending may not be a surprise to some readers, you'll have fun getting there. As an added bonus, Julie Smith's passages about New Orleans make you want to hop on the next fight.
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