Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions
Publication Date: October 31, 2014
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Synopsis: Imagine investigating a case where each of the several victims had type O blood, drove an obsolete car, and hummed a nursery rhyme before committing murder and then suicide. That’s young criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn’s assignment and the solution just seems plain impossible. Her obese, jovial boss, chief medical examiner Andy Broussard, is just as baffled as she is. Together, they devise strictly scientific possibilities. Not once do they consider black magic to be the culprit until an ancient Cajun sorcerer’s curse surfaces, “Beware the songs you loved in youth.”
Series: Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery series
Review: CAJUN NIGHTS is the first in the Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn mystery series. We’re introduced to the chief medical examiner Andy Broussard and his new suicide investigator/criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn. The cases they are investigating are tied together by their strange circumstances – each victim has type O blood, drove an old car, and hummed/sang a nursery rhyme before committing murder and then killing themselves. Kit is confused because only one of the men showed any signs of suicidal ideation out of all of the perpetrators. Is this rash of murder/suicides caused by an ancient Cajun curse or something even more sinister?
CAJUN NIGHTS is a great mystery. I was engrossed from the very beginning. The characters are well-written, easy to relate to, and complex. The author used Kit to give the reader the flavor and geography of New Orleans without bogging the story down in minutia. CAJUN NIGHTS is suspenseful and you are kept guessing about who or what the cause of these deaths was until close to the end. CAJUN NIGHTS is the 2nd book of this series I have read and I adored it. The setting and characters are charming and, being New Orleans, the story has a touch of the supernatural. CAJUN NIGHTS is a must read for those who enjoy thoughtful and well-written mysteries.