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Big Easy: A Wyatt Thomas New Orleans paranormal mystery (French Quarter Mystery Book 1): New Orleans Voodoo Kindle Edition
“Reads like a collaboration between Charlaine Harris and James Lee Burke.”
In the most haunted city on earth, the police can’t afford to disregard the supernatural. When N.O.P.D. Homicide detective Tony Nicosia realizes voodoo is involved in a spate of panhandler murders, he turns to someone he knows who can help him—Wyatt Thomas, the French Quarter’s favorite private investigator. Voodoo mambo Mama Mulate, Wyatt’s partner, is also a Tulane University English professor. Together, they form the most potent paranormal partnership in the Big Easy. If you have problems involving magic, voodoo, ghosts, witches, werewolves, shifters, the occult, or the supernatural, Wyatt and Mama are adept at paranormal investigation and the ones to call.
Big Easy is the fun, sexy, and gripping first novel in the popular ten-book standalone French Quarter Mystery Series with plenty of humor, romance, action, and adventure. Join Wyatt and Mama when they visit smoky Bourbon Street bars, dark French Quarter alleyways, and haunted New Orleans cemeteries. Big Easy is the winner of he 2022 Best Book We've Read All Year award from book site Readfree.ly
Check out Big Easy and find out why the French Quarter Mystery Series is a favorite of the locals and everyone who loves New Orleans and Louisiana. Check out what they say on Amazon:
“A funny, upbeat, sometimes creepy, hellishly fast read.”
“A roller-coaster of intrigue set in that exotic, erotic Mecca known as New Orleans.”
“A murder mystery that steeps the reader in home-cooking down south, Creole and voodoo.”
“Loved the integration of magic with real-life along with a dash of local cuisine.”
“Every page vibrates with the pulse of the city - the heat, the booze, the cuisine, the sex, the excess, the hedonism, the voodoo.”
“Went ahead and bought the whole series. You have to read the series. You won't be disappointed.”
“While I couldn’t wait to see how it ended, I was sorry when it did.”
“Great characters, mile-a-minute plot, wonderful ending.”
“This should be on the must-read list for mystery fans!”
“I could almost smell those sweating bodies, had a feeling I could touch the tomcat’s fur, and taste the gumbo.”
About the Author
- ASIN : B004A90G6K
- Publisher : Gondwana Press (November 1, 2010)
- Publication date : November 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 597 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 328 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,528 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wilder is a new author to me though he has a lot of titles listed on Amazon. I bought one, The Big Easy (Wyatt Thomas French Quarter Mysteries) on the recommendation of someone whose taste I trust and I have never had such conflicted feelings about a book. There is no doubt that even one read-through by a competent editor would have elevated this rating considerably. The simple truth is Eric Wilder can write - he tells a good story, he creates really interesting characters, and his descriptions of life in New Orleans' French Quarter is just wonderful but his book is an absolute mess.
In the past I've said that when editing and formatting is so sloppy it interferes with my reading enjoyment, I give up on the book. That didn't happen here. I really, really liked the story. I loved some of the characters. Wyatt Thomas, the screwed up but persistent, private detective is very likeable. The cop Tony Nicosia is terrific. I loved Mama Mulate, the voodoo mambo, and I actually loved the bad guy - or at least found him interesting. There are quite a few really enjoyable minor characters as well. But where Wilder really shines is in his skill at creating atmosphere, which is easy to do when you know New Orleans and the French Quarter as well as he obviously does.
So what's the problem? There are some lesser ones - I won't go on about the messed up formatting because that is hard to get right and, since it is a new technology a lot of writers haven't caught on to it yet. And the punctuation and grammatical errors are there but not terribly annoying. Then there are the BIG mistakes that even a moderately competent editor would have caught. Things like praising her "shoulder linked hair" and reading "Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets, 'From The Portuguese'," and typos that change the meaning of words. I started making a list but then gave up.
Wilder does a credible job of capturing the curiosities of dialect, New Orleanian, Cajun, etc. ("How you are?") but he can't make up his mind about the use of contractions in speech - sometimes he uses them and sometimes he doesn't, often in the same paragraph. And he gets carried away with certain concepts. It was pretty obvious he was in love with some of his female characters (which I have no problem with because I fall in love with my characters, too) but sometimes it was hard to tell one from the other because all of them had "ample bosoms" which were constantly popping out of their "transparent" clothing. He used "transparent" three times on one page - for two different women's clothes.
So this is what I want to say to Eric Wilder, "Hire a good editor, my friend, because you can write - you can make good characters, you can tell a good story! Just get a d*mn editor, please."
The Big Easy is a very enjoyable story and an outstanding escape to the French Quarter. In many ways Wilder's skill with characters reminds me of one of my favorite writers, James Lee Burke. But Eric Wilder needs someone to read his manuscripts and point stuff out before it goes live. He has a lot of books out there and I don't know whether the rest of them are full of the same errors or not but, please, Mr. Wilder, heed my advice. You are a very talented story-teller, now clean up your work and make us indies proud.
Now on to the review!
I purchased this novel after I saw a couple of tweets about it on Twitter. Being my family is from Louisiana, and some from New Orleans, I jumped on it like a beignet laid hot and sweet on a plate! I knew this was risky, as I didn't know the author and I had trouble liking some indie books I've purchased. Turns out this is a book to keep in my Kindle library to enjoy again at another time.
There are good characters in this book. Wyatt and Mama Mulatte (sp?) are two of them, but there's more. From someone who's spent time in the French Quarters of New Orleans, I feel that the author was spot on with his description, the novel's ambience and some of the vernacular cracked me up with laughter, making me feel like I was home!
A murder has taken place and two detectives are searching for the killer. It leads them to Wyatt and into the realm of Voodoo (lightly), and anyone from home know that Voodoo is just as synonymous to New Orleans as jazz, Bourbon Street and a good bowl of gumbo. I loved the subplot! I'm not giving away any spoilers, but I think many of the readers would enjoy it, too. Things get a little hot and steamy and the plot does thicken. Will the detectives survive this case? Has Wyatt and Mama Mulatte gotten in too deep? You won't hear the answers from me. You have to read it to find out.
As always here's what I liked most about this book. The plot! This isn't one of those stories where you knew what's coming before you get close enough. The suspense and tension causes you to turn the page. We're talking straight out survival mode and a few of the characters are conjuring spells to ensure they stay alive. But people are still dying and two detectives must realize that sometimes you have to pay attention to things even if you don't want to believe in the supernatural. Especially when you're surrounded by one or more people who may want to do you harm. Do you trust your gut or do you listen to the voodoo mambo and what she has to say?
The pace of this novel was great. I read it in two sittings and hated when the story ended. The good thing is this author has more books to follow up behind this one. Yay! No waiting, except for the time it takes to download to my Kindle.
Awesome job, Mr. Wilder, because this was indeed a story worth telling and reading.
Top reviews from other countries
It kept me hooked from start to finish. I don't normally go for crime novels, but Eric has changed my mind. Can't wait to read another.