Excerpts from Amazon Reviews:
"Come take a trip back in time to one of the most magical places there is, where magic is everyday. This author takes you to New Orleans where murder indeed is afoot and the killer seems to be not of this world.” 5-stars
"This book has to be the perfect paranormal historical romance. Loved the hot hot yankee and madame together. Buildup was just right to the end. Can't wait to read more from Julie Mulhern.” 5-stars
"I absolutely loved this book, the setting, the time period, the legends/mythology, all of it.” 5-stars
Murder in the streets. And passion in the shadows...
New Orleans, 1902
A killer walks the streets of New Orleans, eviscerating men and leaving them in the streets, and for madam Trula Boudreaux, it's bad for business. Trula needs help but she's not prepared for Zeke Barnes, the charming would-be savior who darkens her doorway-or the yearning he awakens. For while Trula knows well the delights of lust, she avoids love at all costs...
Investigating the killer was one thing, but Zeke can't help but be enchanted by the gorgeous mystery woman who runs an exclusive brothel. Caught between his duty to protect the city and his clear-as-day desire for Trula, Zeke sets about capturing Trula's heart-or at least a place in her bed. But with every moment Trula resists, Zeke falls into greater danger.
For his investigation into the haunted city and madam doesn't just risk his heart but both their lives.
Sneak a Peek at Bayou Moon,
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"A sultry and sexy New Orleans sets the scene for a sinister encounter with a malevolent ghost. Still reeling from his last spectral encounter, the appealing hero, Roy Agnew, must draw on all his resources to keep more people from dying. This book is a must for all lovers of ghosts, mysteries, and New Orleans."– 5-stars
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(Reading time: approx. 24 min.)
This is not a spoiler, but these are the final words of episode nine. "He [Walter Forbes] slept more soundly than he should have, blissfully unaware that if he were a film noir detective he would have been able to piece things together a full two days before the gunshots."
You’ll recall that in episode one, “he wondered if another investigator who’d seen what he’d seen and heard what he’d heard could have put the pieces together in time.”
During my (mal?)formative years, I listened to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. The shows followed a traditional three-act structure. So do movies. So do serials so heavily influenced by movies that they feature a film as an extra every week!
At the end of the second act, detective stories often had a curtain line like, “I already know who the killer is.” Big music cue. Then E.G. Marshall would come on and say something like, “Well, our detective knows who the killer is, but have you been listening carefully? Do you?”
What I’m saying in a roundabout way here, is that if Sherlock Holmes were called in on the case at this point, after pointing out what a small brain Walter Forbes had, and how infuriating it was to have to deal with him, he would wrap things up, put a neat little bow on top, and solve this thing.
But unless it was the Benedict Cumberbatch version of Sherlock Holmes, where copyright infringement would be a problem, time travel would be required for the world’s most famous consulting detective to solve this case. We’re already using flashbacks, and that’s as borderline Dr. Who as I get.
Here are some questions to consider.
1. So far, I think Last Heartthrob has:
a. the shaggy dog story plot construction of The Big Lebowski.
b. the no detail is insignificant plot construction of The Player.
c. fewer calories than the tasty menu items and beverages at the restaurants mentioned in the extras.
2. According to the Hays Code: "No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin?" If Last Heartthrob were a motion picture it would be:
a. compliant with the Hays Code.
b. heavily censored under the Hays Code.
c. actually the idea of telling a friend about this goofy project and talking about it over a meal and/or beverage sounds like a good idea right about now.
Confession. I’m more like Walter Forbes than Sherlock Holmes. I never listened closely enough to those mystery theater episodes to meet the challenge. But if you enjoy solving puzzles, even puzzles as dubious as this one, this is your chance.
Part of the fun of this whole summer project has been reading as much of this serial as deadlines permit over at 9 Bridges Wednesday Critique Group and taking in all the puzzled looks on faces along with the helpful comments and reckless speculation.
In that spirit, after episode nine, if you’re so inclined, get together with your favorite consulting detective and come up with a short Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot style explanation for this mess: who doesn’t make it out of this thing alive, and why? You can reply to the email address below. I'll share your solution with the extras for the final episode.
Beginning with episode ten we’re entering some serious spoiler territory.