Summary

Armond Fontenot has discovered a family heirloom that may cost him and his partner, Private Detective Moses Byone, their lives. In a search to uncover the secrets of his grandmother's mysterious ruby brooch and the truth about the fire that claimed Belle la Vie, the family estate, they unlock doors to the past that may have been better left unopened.
©2016 Ricardo M Fleshman (P)2016 Ricardo M Fleshman
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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 21-01-18

A small diamond encrusted chip on her shoulder.

The dapper antiques dealer, Armand Fontenot, who became first friend then partner of the New Orleans private detective Moses, has a mystery of his own. Following the murder of Byron Jazzwell, a paperweight is found which reminds him of a piece of jewelry his grandmother had, given to her by a woman, Lucretia, who had been nanny in the household but who later burned down the family mansion and was hanged for it. Curious, the pair recover a box which had belonged to the grandmother which contains not only the jewelry piece but also a journal and things become even more strange. Why had the nanny done what she did? Why did she seem to go through mood swings after visiting New Orleans. And who were the men Lucretia warned the grandmother about when she left her the jewelry the day she died?
As Moses and Armand look into it, they find that someone wants this kept a secret an hundred years after the event as other deaths occur and their lives are targeted.

Full of atmosphere, humour and great characterisation as well as an intriguing mystery, this new series starring the delightful Armand is off to an excellent start. Not so much voodoo but plenty of mahem. And Mose is his usual bombastic self. And this time the curious couple really do not have any idea of what it's all about.
Nicholas Patrella again narrates with passion, seamlessly incorporating the French and Italian phrases into his reading. Occasionally overlong pauses are sometimes a slight distraction but Patrella is so deeply ingrained as the reader of these books, his voice a fine reflection of the stories, it is hard to imagine anyone else taking the part. Add to this his distinctive voicings of all of the other protagonists and it adds up to a memorable performance.

I requested a copy of Blood and Discord having previously enjoyed other Moses books by Mr.Ricardo Fleshman and was fortunate to be sent a complimentary copy by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Many thanks. This is a series I will continue to follow with great pleasure. This review is given entirely voluntarily.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca Azizov on 03-12-17

I really tried to like this book but I didn't

first of all I have to say two good things about a book the description of the period and place was good was very good actually but the book itself the story itself was very cut off I don't know how to explain it and maybe the narrator didn't help either for this book he read it very fast I felt like he did a favor of reading this book and I really tried to like this book but I couldn't do it I did really liked the places but the story itself wasn't quite enough

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Townsend on 19-10-17

Nice local color, stupid plot

I really wanted to like this book. Everything takes place in southeast Louisiana, which is like a trip home. I liked the two main characters, and the antiques dealer reminded me of some real-life ones I’ve known. The narrator did a really nice job overall, in spite of some rather odd mispronunciations. (Pontchartrain is pronounced just like it’s spelled except that the first r is silent. Archangel has a k sound, not a ch sound.) Picky, picky, I know, I just found these and a few more commonplace words oddly abused when Patrella did such a good job on the accents. New Orleans people don’t sound anything like the way most narrators voice them. Patrella came really close.

My problem is with the plot. Derivative conspiracy theory, poorly drawn. Fleshman would do better to work on his comic timing and forget the secret society garbage that has already been over-used by better writers.

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