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To Murder a Saint (Saints Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nicole Loughan , Erin McNelis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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Murder on the Champ de Mars
"[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder ... Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners." —The Seattle Times

Book Description

Mystery / Suspense / Humor - Saints Mystery Series: Book One
“The ground is too wet. If you bury the dead here they can come back.”
Her father always warned her that the bayou was a mysterious and dangerous place. She never suspected that the greatest danger of her life was lurking in New York City.
Before their bags are unpacked, one of two Cajun girls in fresh from Louisiana is found savagely murdered in New York. All of the clues point to a wild animal, a perplexing development for a third floor apartment. (Novella 21,500 Words)
Amazon top 100 Best Seller
Amazon #1 Women Sleuth Best Seller
Amazon #1 Short Story Best Seller

The people of New Orleans know how to celebrate Halloween. They live it up in “All Saints’ Secrets”, book two in the Saints Mystery Series out now.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Nicole is an award winning journalist. She was awarded first place in feature writing by the Michigan Press Association for her story "Family Keeps the Faith." She also writes two regular features for Calkins Media, "My Bucks County" and "Fresh Offerings." She has a gig as Happenings Media syndicated Columnist, "The Starter Mom."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1331 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Little Spot for Stories (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No filler all meat July 11, 2013
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

To Murder a Saint by Nicole Loughan is a fast-paced mystery that I only put down one time (to go to sleep) and picked up again first thing in the morning. This is the kind of mystery I enjoy: no filler, just the meat.

Two girls from the Louisiana Bayou move to New York City, and two months into their stay, one of the girls, Josephine, is brutally murdered. Fanchon, her roommate and best friend, helps the local police try to solve this case.

Fanchon and Banyan, the policeman in charge, travel back to the bayou for answers.

I can definitely say I did not expect the book to go in the direction that it did. This book is short and easy to read, keeping you hooked from the first page.

I mean, listen to this quote that opens up the book and tell me how you could not get hooked right on that:

"It's probably a bad sign on a first date my mind wandered to how best to bury somebody."

Side note: the "saint" in the title doesn't veer towards religious. It literally is talking about a person from the Louisiana Bayou area (you know, like from "When the saints go marching in. . .").

Also, this book seems like it will eventually turn into a series, (according to the information on Amazon) but it is a complete story from start to finish, with zero indication that a sequel is necessary. Although, I would totally read more.

Have you ever been to the Louisiana Bayou?

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca @ Love at First Book
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short story - first fiction August 8, 2013
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I picked up "To Murder A Saint" as a `freebie' from one of my e-mails of "free and discount books" that I receive on a daily basis. I always appreciate these, as it often leads me to a new author I may not have otherwise discovered. Sometimes I am happy I found the particular book. Sometimes? Not so much.

In this case, what caught my eye was the cover. It is beautiful, as you can see. Well, that and the fact that the book was set in Louisiana, a total weakness for me. I can say that the potential is definitely there, hopefully to be fulfilled later. The author, Nicole Loughan, is a recognized journalist and syndicated humour columnist, which offers potential as a writer of fiction. In this first installment of her series, Nicole is writing about my home area, the bayous of southern Louisiana. She does a fairly good job of setting up the novel. My three-star review is based on several issues I had.

Nicole's writing tries very hard to speak the language of the Bayou. However, with no experience with the area (she went to school in Michigan and lives in Philadelphia) her attempts at Cajun fall flat. She starts `Cajun-Speak' but then falls back into `journalism-speak' within two sentences. Cajun is an extremely unique language, a mixture of French, English, a bit of African and bits of Native American tribal languages (Choctaw, Quapaw, Caddo, etc.). It is also difficult for a northerner to comprehend the cadence and flow of southern speech patterns. Her precise use of language as a journalist makes it difficult, without doubt, to fall into the patois of the south, where `can not' comes out `kaint' and bonjour is much more common than hello, "How's it going?" is
Comment ça va?" and the best response to that is "Ça va. Et vous-autres?" i.e., "It's going OK. And ya'll?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short book but packed full of excellent writing! May 22, 2013
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I knew this would probably be a good read from the previous reviews, but it really exceeded my expectations. Not only was it edited extremely well (I absolutely loathe reading except for accept and so on) but the writing was so good that the characters just seemed alive. The story could have been longer and more in depth, but the author found just the right pace needed to move the story along without getting bogged down in too much detail. There are enough threads left hanging to move this book into a great series. I REALLY hope to read more from this author'
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! June 18, 2013
By ssbn777
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What a great story! The key phrase here is, "bang for the buck." At < 80 pages, this book is not long (and that's reflected in the bargain price), however the characters were likable and believable, the story wasn't rushed, and the level of description was just right. Perfect for me - a busy dad who doesn't have a lot of time to delve into a full-fledged novel very often, but wants to read more than a magazine or short story. The story moved along well, and there were some interesting plot twists that made this book stand out as unique. I look forward to the next story by this author, as I understand this is going to be a series.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read with a shocking twist! May 9, 2013
By Aly
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This was a GREAT buy! It certainty wasn't the ending I expected. If you like mystery, shocking twists and good books than this one is for you. It's an easy read as well...finished in no time. I'd recommended for anyone...especially those with a train or bus commute to/from work everyday. Can be read quick and easy...yet you won't be let down. 5 stars for sure!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yikes! June 16, 2013
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The first few chapters of this book were very interesting and developed. You certainly got a feel for Franchon
and her background was so well written you could almost taste and smell the bayou. But what happens afterwards
is a choppy mixed up and too pat ending to a story that could have and should have been much longer! At the end
I kept looking and thinking I missed something somehow; the characters that were introduced could have been
'fleshed out' more esp Banyon. And then Lisette's death is introduced with questions and just left there-yikes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars "It's probably a bad sign on a first date that my mind wandered to how...
Fanchon is in the middle of an awful first date, but that's about to become the least of her worries. Read more
Published 1 month ago by para
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good books read all of them
Published 1 month ago by sandi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read all in one day. Kept me guessing till the end!
Published 1 month ago by Ryan Carney
5.0 out of 5 stars She's very nice & the book is great
I was lucky enough to meet the author, Nicole Loughan, this past weekend at a writers conference. She's very nice & the book is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Saintly Cher
Fast pace thriller complete with gators and action. Was reading her second novel when I decided I needed to read her first Saints novel. Now I can go back to the other one!
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Beginning
This book starts the story of Fanchon and Josephine. Two girls from New Orleans, in the big city, to find their dream. Bad stuff can happen to you in the big city, and it does. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mighty KC
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing implausible mystery novella - 3.5 stars
Two best friends, Josephine and Fanchon, move from Louisiana Cajun country to NYC. At Josephine's urging Fanchon goes out on a date with a guy from an internet dating website. Read more
Published 2 months ago by  nospin_ngb
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure in New Orleans
This was a quick,easy read. I read all three books, and am looking forward to another in the series. I'm a sucker for the bayou and New Orleans. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ann Bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars simple
Quick and easy read
Different, short and not much of a thriller...
Somewhat boring, kept reading hoping for more but it never amounted to much
Published 4 months ago by HEIDI
5.0 out of 5 stars What's next?
A bit weird, but a good read. Likable characters that are believable. Well written, plot flowed logically. Too short, left me wanting to know what happens with Fanchon. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MaggieM
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More About the Author

You may know her as the syndicated humor columnist "The Starter Mom." Nicole is an award winning Journalist, recognized by the Michigan Press Association as a top feature writer. She writes for two daily newspapers in the greater Philadelphia area. "To Murder a Saint" is the first book in the Saint Series. Followed by "All Saints' Secret" and "A Masquerade of Saints". It is recommended that the books are read in order. In 2014 she won honorable mention in genre fiction from the Writer's Digest annual competition for the saints mysteries.

Nicole loves mysteries. Her favorite female sleuths were dreamed up by Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich. She draws inspiration from the classics too such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe. Her first experiences with New Orleans came from the esteemed author Anne Rice.

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