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How do we reconcile the beauty in death?

The Dying Dance is the story of retired New Orleans police detective turned private investigator Moses Andre Byone, self-proclaimed skeptic who uncovers an underworld of voodoo, dark magic, and betrayal in the shadows of the human heart as he searches to understand the death of a wealthy white lawyer from Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. On his journey to solve the case, Mose discovers a mysterious silver box that may hold the secrets to the darker human behaviors of greed, lust, and power. He must find a way to not only protect himself, but also his beautiful young Creole ward, Lisette St. Germain, lest they meet with their own gruesome end. Filled with a wonderful cast of complex and unforgettable characters set against the alluring, grimy but mysterious backdrop of 1970s' New Orleans, the story is sure to thrill and entertain as Mose searches to discover the truth of the dying dance.

©2013 Ricardo M Fleshman (P)2016 Ricardo M Fleshman

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A captivating mystery with a New Orleans twist

The book begins by introducing a few different plot lines which all run at the same time with different characters & players in the overall big story. I knew that at one point they would intertwine one another, but I wasn't sure when or how, and that's what held my attention throughout as I tried to guess and put together the pieces. The backdrop of New Orleans with its voodoo and mystical dark magic set the perfect stage for this captivating story that's riddled with twists and turns to pull you in. If you enjoy a mystery that will take you on an adventure then this book is perfect for you, it was a highly enjoyable twisty great.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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  • Lynn
  • Texas
  • 01-27-18

Another side to New Orleans

Would you listen to The Dying Dance again? Why?

Yes, just to catch the things I missed the first time. Since you have heard it once, the next time you notice things you missed out on before.

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

Who doesn't love a good detective story in an amazing town?

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Patrella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe this is the first one. He did an excellent job of giving the characters their own unique voices

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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DEFINITELY A GOOD READ

What did you love best about The Dying Dance?

The characters and the place

What other book might you compare The Dying Dance to and why?

none

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Patrella – was your favorite?

person who danced with feathers and Armond

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

no ....just very pleased with the ending

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I received this audiobook for free from the author/narrator or publisher and am giving this unbiased review freely. Once I fell into the rhythm of the narration, I began to enjoy the story and it held my interest right to the end. Now I am Looking forward to more Byone mysteries..

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The Dying Dance

I lived in Louisiana for 4 years & am always looking for new books set there, especially in New Orleans. I also enjoy reading noir-type detective stories. This book fit the bill on both counts!

Moses Byone is a retired NO police detective who has been hired to find Jefferson Collingwood's killer. While on the trail, he encounters a stereotypical art/antique dealer, a drag queen or two, a voodoo practioner & a beautiful Creole girl.

I was gifted an audio version of this book by the narrator & chose to review it. Nicholas Patrella does an excellent job with the pronunciations of NO streets & draws you into the story.

I look forward to more adventures with Mose, Lisette & Armand.

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Welcome to the Dark and Dirty of the Big Easy

Ricardo Fleshman takes us on a fast-paced journey through the dark side of New Orleans. Detective Byone a 1970 era ex-cop turned investigator is asked to look into the death of a prominent white lawyer and is drawn though art and antiques into the under belly of Voodoo and Mysticism. Flesh creates many great characters with unforgettable personalities. This is a great story but not a casual read it moves so fast that you might get lost on a turn and spend a few minutes’ back tracking to get it right. This said it will have you looking for the next in the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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This book was just so-so for me

I thought the writing was good and the narration was good, but there were a few production issues in the book that really took away from it for me. I could see where the author was going but there was just so much jumping around from person to person, and place to place. I found that to be rather distracting. I felt it was good enough though I am going to read the second book in the series though. Was voluntarily provided this review copy by the author publisher for narrator

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70s era paranormal detective thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dying Dance to be better than the print version?

The audio version allows the narrator to emote many of the tense moments throughout the book. Set in New Orleans during the 70s, this book has a gritty noir feel. There are voodoo overtones and old family mysteries woven together to make this a fast paced mystery. A good quick listen full of eclectic characters.

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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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This Could Be A Great Series

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dying Dance to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the e book or print series.

If you’ve listened to books by Ricardo Fleshman before, how does this one compare?

I have listened to the other books in this series. There just seems that the characters and setting are so interesting that more could have been made out of the series. Just some element needs to be found to put them over the top.

What about Nicholas Patrella’s performance did you like?

I've heard Nicholas on the other Byone audio books. In general, he is a good narrator. I think he was a good pick. There are a few places where there are technical issues. Really loud for a few seconds. Then a drop in volume. I believe a technical problem and not dramatic in nature. Enough to note them, not a deal breaker. I finished listening to the book.

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Despite the criticism, I look back at the series as being entertaining. Worth my time. Enough so, to want to listen to more in the series and review them. Just needs that "pinch of salt" is how I could say it.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.

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No Dancin' Around

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

His diction was great, and his accents were good as well. It did seem like he was reading from a book, instead of talking. When I listen to audio books I like it to sound like the person is talking, if that makes sense? When a person seems to be reading from the book the narration seems more stilted than it should be.

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This book was so-so for me, it was hard for me to get into because there seemed to be a lot of jumping around and plot points that had to be tied together. I would give this author another shot for sure, because the idea was good.


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A Good Read!

I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will be watching for this author in the future.

* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for an honest review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-17-17

"There are no secrets here ... only mysteries."

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An interesting story set , mostly, in New Orleans, an atmospheric conjuring up of noir street life and colourful characters. There is also an undertone of voodoo which permeates the book. The main protagonist, the ex detective now turned private investigator, Moses Byone is, strangely, not the dominant character for this reader. This privilege resides with an upmarket antiques dealer, Armand Fontineaux, who is of great assistance to, and becomes a friend of Byone. He is beautifully portrayed by Nicholas Patrella in his reading of the book, a reading which is good and slick as befitted the text, with clearly defined character dialogue and assured speaking of the Creole language sentences which occasionally occur.

I read this series in the wrong order, starting with book two. Although each in the series is standalone, it is definitely advisable to begin with this, book one, which sets the background for Byone and the woman, Lassette. The story is intriguing, if a little disjointed in places, but it is the personality of the place and people which really makes this an enjoyable book, both brought even more immediately to life by the narrator.
I received my copy of The Dying Dance as a gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for this. It is an intriguing series.

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  • Emily
  • 02-17-17

"Dying" Detective

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I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

The plot of this book seemed good and I was excited for it, but it struggles with an extremely fast pace that doesn't sit right with the characters or the plot. I thought the characters were pretty good and I liked Moses.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful