Christmas, 1973. One of the young women from La Petite Fleur Rose has mysteriously disappeared. For the last nine months New Orleans Private Detective Moses Byone has worked the cases that have the entire Crescent City donning him the Voodoo Detective. Mose and Armond race against time to protect themselves from the terribly dark and malevolent forces threatening them and the beautiful, seductive women of La Petite Fleur Rose. Gripping to the last, Detective Moses Byone comes face to face with the darkness and evil he has tried so desperately to disprove as he becomes The Voodoo Detective.
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An unusual mystery thriller which, though set in fairly recent times, has the feel of the Victorian era. It is very atmospheric and descriptive of the surroundings be it inside or out, which helps to heighten the feeling of uneasy suspense which runs through the story. The plot, too, is convoluted, moving from suspect to suspect but still leaving the detective, and the readerr, guessing to the end. All of the main protagonists are characters in their own right and well drawn. As, too is Mose, the so called Voodoo Detective himself, but I suspect that there is much more about him still to tell.
The whole is narrated by Nicholas Patrella. His voice is pleasant and feels right to be the mouthpiece for Mose. He mostly reads rather than performs the storyline, with not much differentiation in the dialogue although he makes it obvious who everyone is. But there are occasions when acting out seems appropriate and then he fulfill!s this admirably. However, he pauses very frequently, with every comma, which I initially found distracting, losing the fluency of the text. After a few chapters, though, either I adjusted or the quantity of pauses decreassed and it ceased to be a problem.
My thanks to the publisher, author or narrator who sent me a copy of The Voodoo Detective, via Audiobook Boom, to provide an unbiased review. This I have done.
- Norma Miles