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Product Details

  • Series: Crescent City Mystery
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries (June 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610090209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610090209
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"No one does New Orleans like Holli Castillo! Reading Jambalaya Justice is like poking your nose into places you'd never find as a tourist and meeting some of the real people who live, work and die in the Crescent City." -F.M. Meredith, author of Angel Lost

From the Author

Jambalaya Justice flowed quite naturally from Gumbo Justice, with many of the same characters and some ideas that were originally planned for Gumbo Justice but had to be saved for later due to space constraints.

The most important thing I wanted to accomplish in Jambalaya Justice was to answer the questions left open by Gumbo Justice.  I also wanted to show a more independent and less selfish side of Ryan.  Everybody grows, and my goal is to show Ryan's growth throughout the series.

Two things about this novel- Big Who is back with a slightly larger role at the insistence of my husband. Big Who is based upon my husband, again, at his insistence.  Second, the deaf cat in the novel is based upon my own deaf cat, Deaf Kitty, who helped me plug a hole I couldn't figure out without him.

The third in the series, Chocolate City Justice, will again feature Deaf Kitty, and will follow Ryan and the rest of her NOPD family through Hurricane Katrina.

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I am anxiously awaiting the next.
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What I like the most is Holli's ability to take me to New Orleans.
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The supporting characters are varied and plentiful.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PoCoKat on August 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in the Crescent City Mystery Series by Holli Castillo. This is an entirely new mystery series to me. You don't need to have read the first book to read this one.

Our heroine, Ryan Murphy, is a New Orleans prosecutor whose father is a police captain and her four brothers are all members of the New Orleans Police Department. Her boyfriend Shep is a member of NOPD as well. Ryan has deep roots and many connections in New Orleans. She is feisty and brave and sometimes a little naive. And she is working hard at funneling a love of alcohol into a love of shoes....Jimmy Choo's of course. This novel is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. I have only seen New Orleans post Katrina so it is good to be able to feel the pulse of the city through these pages.

Ryan has a heavy caseload and the story kicks off with the murder of a prostitute who had been an informer of Ryan's. She becomes personally involved in the case and puts herself in danger as she strives to find the prostitute Cherry's murderer. She also is haunted by the loss of a dear friend, Edie, whose story unfolds throughout the book. I love the setting of New Orleans...I have always found that city incredibly fascinating. There are great characters in this book who are completely fleshed out by the author. Ryan's relationships are very realistic. Twists and turns in the book kept the killer a mystery to me until close to the end. In total, a very enjoyable read.

I am looking forward to reading more of the Ryan Murphy adventures. The author is planning to follow Ryan through Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath in upcoming volumes of the series. Definitely looking forward to that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Gligor on October 23, 2012
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I loved Jambalaya Justice by Holli Castillo. The novel is well crafted and the characters and plot are well developed, which combined to make for a very enjoyable read. The main character, Ryan, is likeable and "human" with thoughts, feelings and flaws like all of us. All in all, a great mystery novel. I highly recommend Jambalaya Justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat on May 22, 2012
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A great book by a local New Orleans author. It is full of suspense,mystery and New Orleans culture. Also, very well written and an awesome book to curl up with!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nolabarbie on January 10, 2012
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Ryan Murphy is a prosecutor on a mission to find out who killed a hooker and left her body in a crack house. The hooker, Big Cherry, was in the first novel in the series, and was really personable and likeable, so I was glad Ryan was on the case. The first problem is the detective on the case doesn't seem to care a whole lot about finding the killer, and Ryan is trying to keep it quiet that she's looking into the case. And she has a ton of other cases she has to work on in the meantime.

There's also a side story where Shep, Ryan's cop boyfriend, is also hiding a case he's working on from Ryan, which eventually causes problems with both of them lying about what they're doing. Shep always has Ryan's best interest in mind, but Ryan doesn't always see it that way. And Ryan, well, she's Ryan, and she also always has her own best interest in mind. She can be a little self-centered and selfish, but you still can't help but like her, because underneath it all she's a good person, even if she manages to hide it well a lot of the time.

I liked that there were a lot of clues to point to the killer, but there were also clues to lead in another direction. I didn't figure out the killer's identity until a few seconds before Ryan did, although looking back I could have figured it out.

I also liked that there was more New Orleans in this one, and I think it made the book better. All in all I also think this was better written than the writer's first book, Gumbo Justice.

This novel has some dark moments, just like the first one, and is definitely NOT a cozy, but nothing in it was offensive to me. It answered all of the questions left open by the first book, and also had another great twist at the end. I'm looking forward to the next in the series to come out to see what happens to Ryan next.
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so Im in heaven -Gumbo Justice, the 1st book is great too! Anymore coming Miss Holli? Sure hope so! Enjoy
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By Kristen on July 20, 2013
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I am a big fan of the first book (Gumbo Justice) in the series. I really like the Ryan Murphy character. She's tough and strong and she can take care of herself which is something you have to be in NOLA. I did like the story in Jambalaya Justice. I didn't like Ryan as much in this book. She seemed very insecure and a little all over the place. I liked her better when she was still drinking. I liked the Shep character a lot better in this book. I wish my boyfriend was like him. But over all I did enjoy this book and I'm excited for the next one to come out.
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More About the Author

Holli Castillo was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended public elementary school and graduated from an all-girl's Catholic High School. She was a gymnast throughout high school, and performed with her gymnastics team, Westbank Gymnastics, at the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair.

In 1990, she received a BA in Drama/Communications from the University of New Orleans. She earned her degree working nights at the now defunct Can Can Cabaret on Bourbon and Conti in the French Quarter, doing everything from Sound and Light technician to performing as a Can Can girl. She also stage managed and did technical work for many UNO Mainstage productions, and wrote and directed plays for UNO Lab productions.

After graduating from UNO, she attended Loyola Law School at night and worked full-time during the day at the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office as a child support collector. After being hired, she was advised that the only reason she was called in to interview for the collection position was because the Hiring Assistant--a man-- wanted to see what a Can Can girl looked like.

In 1996, she received her JD, and immediately began working as a New Orleans prosecutor. She quit the D.A.'s Office when she had her first child, and is now an appellate public defender.

Her first novel, Gumbo Justice, was published by Oak Tree Press in June, 2009; the second in the Crescent City Mystery Series, Jambalaya Justice, is scheduled for release by Oak Tree late summer 2010.

The publication of Gumbo Justice was initially delayed for a year when she was hit head-on by a drunk driver in June, 2008, and rendered immobile for six months with two broken legs and a shattered elbow.

She took advantage of the downtime to write a screenplay, Angel Trap, which won first runner-up in the 2009 Acclaim Screenplay Awards, a Silver Screen Award at the 2009 Las Vegas Film Festival, and made the 2009 finals of the Page Awards, Exposurama, Script Showcase, Screenplay Search, and Spring WildSound. She also placed third in the 2009 Biz of Screenwriting Contest, and won the six month online Pro Series screenwriting course through ScreenwritingU, and is now a Pro Series Alumni.

In addition to being a lawyer and a writer, she is also a junk heiress, mother of two, and the owner of a bar. After spending a year in litigation fighting the antiquated and highly political Department of Code Enforcement of Jefferson Parish over parking zoning, she won at trial and finally opened her bar, The Last Stand, on the westbank of New Orleans. She has also been involved in litigation with the politically motivated Jefferson Parish School Board over "side of the river" discrimination in the magnet school system, which ultimately resulted in a Federal Court allowing magnet school students to attend the magnet school of their choice.

Holli lives with her family, dog, and deaf cat in the metropolitan New Orleans area, although the high crime rate, crooked politics, deadly hurricanes, and now devastating oil spills, cause her to constantly reevaluate her decision. She spends her evacuation time with her extended family in the tranquil hills of north Alabama, where she also does some of her best writing.