Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday ebook spotlight

Books two through nine of the Edgar Award-winning Skip Langdon Mysteries by Julie Smith of New Orleans are available as ebooks for $9.99. In the series, New Orleans detective Skip Langdon travels through the twists and turns of New Orleans — from raucous Mardi Gras to the swampy summertime — as she navigates deadly family secrets, tracks down a serial killer, and delves deep into the mastermind of a psychopath.
The books include:

What's the perfect killing field for a murderer? A place where he (or maybe she) can learn your secrets from your own mouth and then make friends over coffee. A supposedly "safe" place where anonymity is the norm. The Axeman has figured it out and claimed his territory—he's cherry-picking his victims in the 12-Step programs of New Orleans. 

Skip Langdon is there when Ham Brocato, director of New Orleans Jazzfest, is discovered dead on the kitchen floor in the middle of his own party the evening before the Fest. The victim's sixteen-year-old blues musician sister has disappeared, and Skip suspects that if she isn't the murderer, she's in mortal danger from the person who is.

Geoff Kavanagh, 31 years old, splits his time between science fiction novels and cyberspace in his parents’ dilapidated, overgrown, uptown New Orleans mansion. Until his mother finds him dead from a suspicious fall off a ladder. Maybe he should never have posted about seeing his father murdered … Decades-old skeletons start falling out of every closet NOPD Detective Skip Langdon opens. 

Sugar Hebert arrives home from a ten-minute errand to find her husband shot to death and the rest of her family missing—including her daughter Reed, heir apparent to the Hebert restaurant dynasty, and Reed's eleven-month-old daughter.
Before long, the mob’s involved, and so are family secrets so ugly they’d make Tennessee Williams wince.

Politics makes the strangest bedfellows of all, and in New Orleans, a psychopath’s running for mayor. Not just the usual harmless megalomaniac—a murderer and a monster. His supporters and a good proportion of would-be voters think he’s just a kindly preacher-man and handily crucify anyone who says otherwise. But Detective Skip Langdon, who met the Rev. Errol Jacomine on a case, knows he’s the personification of evil, and can point to a pile of corpses to prove it. 

Sure, New Orleans is known for corruption, but suddenly the good guys get a break—an honest police chief. And then someone guns him down. When a terrifying organization called The Jury takes out the cop-killer, Detective Skip Langdon’s on the case. But no one cares! After all, the guy was a cop-killer. Skip cares-- a lot. She suspects The Jury’s the brainchild of her old nemesis, self-described preacher Errol Jacomine. 

It seems Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband, United Oil VP Russell Fortier. Across town, part-time detective/poet Talba Wallis would like to know what Russell Fortier's disappearance has to do with her. But the private investigator who hired her to spy on Fortier can't help; he's lying in his office with a bullet in his chest. Reporter Jane Storey, walking down the same mean, sultry street, might be able to help, or maybe she’s being played by a tipster with a malevolent agenda. 

The Rev. Errol Jacomine is crazy as a fox and more dangerous than a cell full of serial killers. Detective Skip Langdon, has twice smashed his criminal endeavors, yet each time he’s managed to slip away. Now he’s mad. In both senses of the word. And he has the connections to have her killed—or worse.

Louisiana Book News is written by journalist Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. The first two books in her award-winning series are free as ebooks! Visit http://www.cherieclaire.net/.