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.
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"There are no secrets here ... only mysteries."
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.
- Norma Miles
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.