ARC: Assassination at Bayou Sauvage

A quick review of the latest Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn mystery, Assassination at Bayou Sauvage. #spon | Book review by NewberyandBeyond.com
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Note: I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

Andy Broussard, the plump and proud medical examiner for the City of New Orleans, is sitting almost in the kill zone of a too-close-for comfort and ‘in living color’ murder of his Uncle Joe Broussard at a family picnic in Bayou Sauvage – the largest urban wetlands park in the USA. Surprisingly, the murderer then immediately commits suicide.

After easily determining the killer’s identity from the driver’s license in his pocket, the only remaining task for Broussard and the police is to uncover the motive for such a heinous act. But suddenly, everything about the case takes a bizarre turn. Caught short handed because of an NOPD work slow-down, and needing someone to find out what happened to a young woman who has just been reported missing, Homicide Detective Phil Gatlin deputizes Broussard’s beautiful death investigator, Dr. Kit Franklyn, and assigns her to that case.

Shockingly, Kit’s efforts soon lead back to the murder of Uncle Joe. Sensing a plot of horrendous magnitude, Broussard directs his colleagues and friends in a race to uncover the truth behind the most audacious Andy and Kit mystery of the entire series. (Summary via Goodreads.com)

I previously reviewed an earlier book in this series called Louisiana Fever, and this latest installment shares many of the same qualities. There’s a lot of exploration of forensics, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how strong your stomach is, and the setting of New Orleans, which adds color to the characters’ investigations.

I was glad that we get to see more of Kit in this book. She is deputized in order to help with a missing person case while Broussard deals with a deeply personal murder, and because of this, she gets a lot more page time than she did in Louisiana Fever. Both characters get to grow in this book (Kit has a couple of close calls that make her and Broussard realize that something might be connecting the two separate cases), but I thought it was especially interesting to watch as Broussard tries to change his old habits and reconnect with his family in the midst of this tragedy.

If you’re into shows like CSI, I think you’ll enjoy this series. There are plenty of forensic details to keep you gruesomely entertained, and the characters and setting will keep you engaged until the very end of the book.

Rating: Good but Forgettable

Review Copy: Louisiana Fever

Louisiana Fever is chock-full of medical examiner details and New Orleans flavor. #spon | A book review by Newbery and Beyond
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Note: I received a digital copy of Louisiana Fever from the publisher for review consideration.

Sometimes, you just need a good old-fashioned, best-seller type of mystery to get you through.  Fortunately for me, Louisiana Fever was just that kind of book.  Set in New Orleans, this book is the latest in the Andy Broussard / Kit Franklyn mystery series.  It follows medical examiner Broussard and his assistant Kit as they attempt to identify the mysterious man who contacted Kit and met her at a restaurant with a handful of flowers–just before dropping dead.  When Kit disappears and Broussard comes in contact with a mysterious and deadly disease, the stakes are raised, and time threatens to run out for both of the partners.

Be forewarned–this book is not for the faint of heart.  While I was fascinated by the in-depth descriptions of the autopsies and the forensics Broussard and his assistants used to figure out the cause of death and search for clues about the mysterious new disease, they are definitely not for everyone.  The mystery itself is interesting and suspenseful.  The disease that Broussard is investigating and the mysterious circumstances surrounding Kit’s kidnapping begin to converge, and the team has to work quickly to solve both pieces of the mystery.  The New Orleans setting also works very well here.  My husband and I took a trip to New Orleans this summer, and I was excited to recognize many of the street names and landmarks mentioned in Louisiana Fever.  I got a little annoyed at the Cajun accents that several of the characters had, but I’m not a fan of written-out accents in general.

My one regret about reading this book without having read any others in the series is that Kit’s character was not very well fleshed out in Louisiana Fever.  Because she is either missing or kidnapped for the majority of the book, we don’t get to see her character develop or interact with Broussard.  I also felt like Kit majorly overreacted to some of the events that occurred near the end of the book.  Sure, she just got kidnapped, but how old are you, Kit?

If you’re into TV shows like CSI, you’ll love this book.  It has that same flair for keeping things suspenseful, fast-paced, and tied to the character of the city it’s set in.  Just try not to get too queasy during the forensic medical examinations!

Rating: Pretty Darn Good

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