I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.
This is the first book in the Armond Fontenot series. Although this was the first book in the series, it seemed like I was missing something and there are references to prior adventures in the book. After I finished the book, I found that there is another series with the same MC - maybe if I had started there, I wouldn't have understood the characters better. The mystery in this book is not fully resooved - so it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger - or set up for the next book in this series.
Overall, I was intrigued by the book blurb - an antique piece of jewelry from the MC's family possibly tied to some criminality - throw in some history, colorful characters and Louisiana as a backdrop - I'm in. For me, the story went a bit off the rails when the conspiracy theories [a la DaVinci Code] came into it but overall, I liked the story and am interested enough to continue with it.
I listened to this book - the narrator did a lot of different accents for the various characters - for the most part, these accents were bullseyes and added flavor to the book. However, I did have problems with some of his word pronunciations [which threw me and were distracting]. For example, he pronounced brooch as br-ooo-ch for about half of the book. When I first heard it, I was unsure what a "brooooch" was. Then, inexplicably, he pronounced brooch correctly several times before reverting back to "brooooch" again for the remainder of the book.