P.I. Wyatt Thomas is more than a French Quarter sleuth. Much more. Whenever a new client needs someone to investigate ghosts, possession, or the paranormal and supernatural backside of New Orleans, Wyatt is the person they call.
Someone is killing New Orleans street people, and it is affecting the tourist trade in the venerable old city trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina. More than murder, voodoo is involved, the killer possibly an actual Vodoun deity.
N.O.P.D. Homicide detective Tony Nicosia seeks the help of Big Easy insider, and often hard-boiled psychic P.I. Wyatt Thomas. Wyatt has a new client interested in ghosts, spirits, possession, and the paranormal. He enlists the assistance of Mama Mulate, Tulane English professor, and an actual voodoo mambo.
Mama Mulate is lethally sensual, Wyatt a deadly sexy alpha male with a dangerous reputation. Together, they run the gamut of desire, carnal instincts, passion, darkest fears, and horrifying truths.
Will the moody Louisiana sleuth find love and romance in the arms of his client's beautiful daughter? Will Mama's gris gris protect Wyatt from a horrible death? Can they unravel the strangest psychic mystery suspense thriller to hit New Orleans since the era of voodoo queen Marie Laveau?
©2007 Gary Pittenger (P)2016 Gary Pittenger
DNF. I got to 35% and can't keep going. The POV is all over the place and the story badly needs a good edit!! E.g.: Words and phrases repeatedly used and the some of the sentences are pretty basic, better descriptions could have been used etc. The only thing going for it is the setting and narrator.
Joe Hempel was the only reason I kept listening to the book for so long, I would have given up at about 10% but really enjoyed his narration. He is so easy to listen to and has an admiral range of tones and cadences! He is definitely a narrator to keep an eye on.
*I received a copy of this for free but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The voodoo aspect of the story was really interesting. It seemed really intellectual instead of being corny. The plot was great and easy to follow. Even though you find out who the killer is relatively early on, it managed to hold my interest throughout the entire story as you figure out what is really going on. The narrator did a good job and was easy to listen to.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
Mystery,voodoo,dissapearances of people, it is all in this book.Told with perfect narration by Joe Hemple we are drawn into the world of New Orleans cooking, religion and cemeteries.
A suspenseful story.I was given this book free by the author,narrator or publisher.
Overall an entertaining, interesting and enjoyable. It took me a while to really get interested in the story. It just wasn't holding my attention. It was just to "rambling" in the beginning. Little by little though the story drew me in and keep me listening until the end.
Mystery, suspense, voodoo, murder, spirits and more.
Very interesting cast of characters. Great descriptions of the city make you feel like you are there with the characters. As if New Orleans hasn't had enough trouble recently now they have a serial killer to deal with.
Joe Hemple once again does a great job with the narration. As usual. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Great character voices and accents. He was able to make the characters come to life through his narration. Very Enjoyable.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
I was offered a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Sent in a post Katrina New Orleans, there has been a series of recent murders. The targets have been street people, and the modus operandi the same in all of them. Cop Tony Nicosia asks Thomas Wyatt for help, since it seems a voodoo deity is responsible for these crimes. Ex-Lawer Wyatt knows everybody in New Orleans and he will count with Mambo Mama Mulate to try to find the culprit.
The atmosphere of New Orleans is surprisingly well created in this book, and since Wyatt, the main character knows all the interesting places in New Orleans, the reader will have the pleasure of visiting them with him. There are also quite some voodoo terms in the story, which I suppose are correct but I did not check them for myself. I am not into voodoo myself, but it adds something different to the story.
There are many characters in the book, being Wyatt the main one, but sadly I was not able to connect to any of them. We know that Wyatt is an ex-lawyer and lives with a cat. I think the cat was added to the story to give Wyatt a bit more depth, but in some cases it just seemed a literary device to let us feel the pulse of the story and if something was going to happen to Wyatt. There was something that disturbed me, and that despite the story is written in first person, Wyatt does not feel most of the time as the main character, and in some occasions there are mentions to him in third person, which feels odd.
I usually do not read murder mystery stories, but I enjoy when I read a good one. I think this story was really good, but I had issues with the execution. The fact that we know the murder from very early in the book makes the story less compelling. It could also be because, as I have said, I was not able to connect to any of the characters.
The narration by Joe Hempel was excellent, and the reason why I picked this book. Given the above points I am not sure I would have enjoyed this book with a different narrator, but I know that Hempel will give to the listener an improved final product. One can perfectly differentiate all the characters and enjoy a high quality narration.
Quiet man who enjoy Audible Audio-books as a way to escape from the world each day. They provide an excellent soundtrack for my daily walks.
The Big is is one of my New Favorite Detective Mystery Audio books. I ranks really highly up there. It is a well crafted story with an A and B plot-line that cross and converge with the characters. The characters are well crafted with interesting backstories, set in a city with a rich history of its own, and you can not miss once you add the vocal talent of Joe Hempel. That man is a treasure. He brings life to the characters and you really feel the richness of New Orleans through his amazing voice.
Crimson Bayou is similar to the Big Easy even though not set in New Orleans is has some of the same themes and same regional setting along with mystery and murder.
yes i have heard several of Mr Hempel's performances and he is always amazing. He brings his characters to life is such fantastic ways. They become real people and and you feel like you are part of the story because of the way his voice brings the story to life. You can feel what they feel. The best example of this is below in the next question about a moment in the book that particularly moved you.
The most moving part for me was Wyatt and his cat Bob***spoiler alert***this is really not vital to the over all story itself but is just character building for Wyatt. Bob dies from his illness. Caught in the grate railings on the balcony. The failure the Wyatt feels at not being there for Bob at the end is crushing. The death of a pet is just something we all relate to. There have been similar moments in other audio books but the narrator did not have the chops or that special touch that Mr Hempel does left me feeling unmoved but thanks to his skill I had to stop the audio book. I had that much of an effect on me.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
This book got me interested right away. Using New Orleans and voodoo as a backdrop was clever and was perfect for the story. It's obvious the author loves the Big Easy.
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Im a 40 yr old male that's a husband for 20 yrs, father of 3 teenage sons, a H.S. Soccer Coach and a machinist working in aerospace field.
No, i would never try to change a story created by an authors imagination.
A little confusing toward the end, but after understanding then i thought it ended well.
No i have not.
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Recreation Therapist by day, avid reader by night. Mother of 2, and lover of the outdoors; fishing , hunting , nature walks and snowmobiling
This book was a great original story, with possibly too many characters to keep track of. I listened off and on over a period of a couple weeks and so that could be where my confusion comes from. There are police, voodoo followers, nuns and street people. Bars and alcohol and special potions and powders.
This book did keep my attention while reading/listening.
The narrator does a fabulous job with the different voices, and the situations the characters find themselves in.
I love Louisiana and all its mysterious intrigue. This book is so much fun with murder, suspense and voodoo. Characters are GREAT! The narrator was perfect for the roll of bringing these characters to life. A well written journey with twist and turns.
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""A mystery wrapped iin a conundrum.""
The superb performance by Joe Hempel makes this glimpse into the voodoo world of New Orleans even more enjoyable than reading it in print. Homicide detectives seek the help of ex lawer turned private eye (or anything reasonable that will pay the bills) Wyatt Thomas who has acquired the unjustified reputation of bring an expert in all things voodoo, in their attempt to solve the strange murders of street people in their area. Meanwhile, Wyatt himself is looking for the grave of a client's mother whilst the client's daughter is getting very friendly with one of the Big East's voodoo queens.
This is a great book to hear, not so much for the story itself, although that was fine, exciting and, well, just a bit strange. It was the great characterisations of the protagonists which really shone through - and some of them are, to day the least, exotic. Mr. Hempel captured them in all their finery and nasty dealings, his very pleasant to hear voice capturing each individual and narrating the story impeccably from all points of view whilst still 'becoming' the voice of Wyatt himself.
An interesting insight into the unfamiliar, at least to this reader, world of the voodoo religion and it's beginnings as well as a fast paced murder thriller. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me this colourful book, via Audiobook Boom.
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