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French Quarter Vendetta

Murder & Mystery in the Big Easy
Narrated by: Theo Holland
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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French Quarter Vendetta is an old fashioned whodunit. Set in historic, fun loving New Orleans, the plot untangles a tale of murder, mystery, betrayal and jealousy. Follow along as Lieutenant James "Gator" McNeal and his team wade through a list of suspects that include a union president, a state senator's wife, a jealous mistress, a spoiled stepson, an ambitious assistant, a union thug and even a street kid and two-bit drug dealer. Along the way you'll run into a strange, cryptic vision, the power of a gris-gris bag and even a voodoo curse. You won't be able to put it down until the very end when Gator brings everyone together and reveals the murderer.

©2014 Gary Graybill (P)2016 Gary Graybill

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A complex Case New Orleans Style

A pair of New Orleans police officers are tasked with solving a complex case involving the murder of a State Senator.
It took a little while before I became engrossed in the story, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it.

I especially enjoyed the New Orleans flavor: the language, the style, the people and their mentality. The narrator clearly understood this and did a good job of portraying the style of each character.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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It Wasn't Voodoo

How many ways can you commit murder? Shooting seems too common; how about a radioactive cigar, poisoned chocolates, a little snake venom, or being fed to an alligator? This story has ingenious ways to murder starting with a senator, then two more , and possibly another person now missing. This has touches of noir and humor. I was gifted this from Audiobookworm for my honest review.

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God, I love this story SO much!

First, a caveat: I'm truly fond of everything New Orleans: food, music, myths and culture. So this book was already hitting hard a lot of my buttons even before beginning it.

But then I listened to it, and it's simply great. A fantastic convoluted mystery, a great and lively sense of place and characters that are a true joy to meet.

The plot advance slowly but surely while we follow the leads with "Gator" McNeal and his team until we reach a very satisfying (and very 'a la Poirot') end.

The narration by Theo Holland is superb. Lots of characters and each one easy identifiable is, indeed, a very hard task, but he did it skillfully.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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New Orleans Noir

A great police procedural with great characters, plenty of twists and turns & beignets! Having spent a lot of time in New Orleans, I always enjoy finding books or series set in that wonderful city. The author, Gary Graybill, does a great job with setting the atmosphere for the book with his descriptions of the area.

This book is full of plenty of murders and follows the Homicide detectives as they try to unravel the multiple threads. Add in descriptions of the French Quarter, Louisiana politics (always plenty of intrigue there!), great Cajun food and jazz music and you have a thoroughly enjoyable book.

The narrator, Theo Holland, does a good job and added a lot to the enjoyment of the book. The only thing I would change about his performance is that I would have liked to hear a narrator with a true New Orleans accent and Gator could have been more Cajun.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who likes police procedurals with plenty of murders and enough twists and turns to keep the listener engaged. I was given the chance to listen to this audiobook through Audiobookworm and chose to review it.

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Great crime book set in New Orleans

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was so much going on which at times made it hard to keep track of who everyone was and what they were doing. However, if you pay attention....this book is wonderful. Action packed, interesting characters, and lots of twists and surprises. I loved it!!! Gator is a wonderful main character and the narrator really gave him southern charm and charisma. Theo Holland impressed me with how every character was distinctive and you could tell who they were by the voice. He definitely made you feel like you were standing in New Orleans following the crime scenes and investigation. I would highly recommend this book.

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A good Mystery

French Quarter Vendetta was a well written and well narrated audio book with great sound quality. What really pulled me into to the story was the author's ability to bring the french quarter life in this audio book as someone who has vacationed there I can say that the author really did keep the scene accurate and realistic. I loved the mystery elements and I was surprised by the ending!

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An entertaining southern mystery!

French Quarter Vendetta is a suspenseful thriller that is intriguing and well written. There are many twists and turns that form a believable plot. There is a lot of action and suspense to keep your interest piqued. The characters have good southern characteristics that fit right in with someone that lives in the south. Several different crimes happen throughout which in the end come together. It does seem to get a little confusing at times but overall it is a good and entertaining story.

Theo Holland does a good job with the narration. He has a clear and crisp voice that is easy to follow. I think he did a good job with lending the southern charm to the voices.

This is the first book that I have read by Gary Graybill and will certainly not be my last. I recommend French Quarter Vendetta to anyone that enjoys reading a suspense/thriller that will keep you entertained and guessing to the very end.

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Great Book! Excellent Narration!

Would you consider the audio edition of French Quarter Vendetta to be better than the print version?

Yes

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. You never knew what was coming. Fast paced. Action packed.

What about Theo Holland’s performance did you like?

His versatility is great. Bringing all of the characters to life no matter the local, sex or ethnicity.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. When the younger cop thought he had been cursed was very funny.

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The Big Easy Cops Rule!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Keeps you guessing whodunnit until the very end.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Keeps you guessing whodunnit until the very end.

Which scene was your favorite?

Mambo Martyl's prophecy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I enjoyed it a lot, but it didn't evoke that kind of reaction.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to the next "Gator" McNeal mystery.

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Old school noir with great sense of place

Old school, hard boiled detective novel set in New Orleans. Well written and true to the genre.

Well plotted, well written. I enjoyed the ambiance and descriptions of the setting, as well as the main characters.

I enjoyed the narrator. His voice was a very good match for he main character for me and the performance was well paced.

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