Confirmed grump Eddie Valentino placed the ad. Hotshot 20-something Talba Wallis knew exactly how to answer it.
And thus was born the dynamic duo of New Orleans private detectives, one cynical, 65-year-old Luddite white dude with street smarts, and one young, bright-eyed, 21st century African-American female poet, performance artist, mistress of disguise, and computer jock extraordinaire. Think Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito.
In Louisiana Hotshot, their job is to hunt down a sociopath and pedophile who's molested the 14-year-old daughter of their client, hangs out on the ragged edges of the rap and recording industries, and has more powerful allies than a Cabinet member.
But both detectives have unfinished business from the past - in Eddie's case, something he deeply regrets; in Talba's, a personal mystery, one so frightening no one will help her investigate. But she knows she won't sleep till she solves it - and the truth will change her forever.
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Story great, narration...so-so
Narrator mispronounced many words, including "dudgeon" (she pronounced it dungeon), "demonic" (de-moan-ic) and more. She also didn't understand the "Yat" New Orleans accent. It's only Brooklyn-esque, not full-on Brooklyn. She also made too many of the voices cartoonish or childish.
In narration, less is usually more.
- Amazon Customer
Not at All What It Seems
I wanted a fun mystery. I wanted interesting leads. I wanted relatable characters. I got none of that. Instead, the lead female character is whiny and entitled. The lead male is a curmudgeon and not in any endearing sense. And the mystery is hardly what I'd call intriguing.
In the genre? No. In this series? Yes.
I wanted to like it. I really wanted to like it. There aren't a ton of mysteries out there with a young WOC as the lead character but I just couldn't do it. I'll be returning this one and not reading anything else in this series.
- Megan P.