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Casting Bones: A new voodoo mystery series set in New Orleans (A Quentin Archer Mystery) Hardcover – October 1, 2016
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
"This thriller immediately casts a spell on you and doesn't let you go until the very last page! Utterly compelling, rich with atmosphere and characters you'll never forget, Casting Bones finds author Bruns at the top of his game. And I can't think of a better portrayal of the most exotic city in America: New Orleans." (International bestselling author Jeffery Deaver)
"Every now and then a writer comes up with a series character you care so much about that you race to the end of the story, and then damn yourself for reading it so fast. The only cure is for the author to tell the next story. Don Bruns with his CASTING BONES, a mystical almost magical police procedural set in steamy New Orleans, has done just that. Former Detroit cop Quentin Archer and the beautiful Vodoo practitioner Solange Cordray are pitted against the New Orleans establishment old money when three juvenile judges are murdered in the space of a few days. At stake here is more than just money; its lives--Quentin's and Solange's. Come on, Don, I want the next one!" (David Haberg, author)
"The first in this series is a wonderful story, with great characters in Quentin and Solange. There are a number of other characters that add ambience who aid Quentin such as Matebo, a pickpocket, and Mike, the bartender. I look forward to the next in the series. Enjoyed this hugely and recommend highly. Thanks to Severn House for an ARC" (Paromjit Hayers GoodReads)
“As hot and steamy as a Louisiana night, this series debut hits all the right notes with the evocative Big Easy setting, colorful and memorable characters, and a smartly twisty plot. Bruns uses all of his considerable talents to cast a spell over readers” (Library Journal)
“The working out of this prophecy is at the core of the narrative, giving Bruns’ mystery a nice case of the creeps" (Booklist)
CASTING BONES by Don Bruns quickly cast a mystical spell over me and did not release me until the exciting finish. This police/crime thriller links edgy suspense with the moody, steamy setting of New Orleans as Bruns constructs a gripping plot with expertly realized characters. Vivid imagery in the descriptive, and seemingly effortless, prose bring the Big Easy to life, as well as giving authenticity to the myriad of unusual characters. I was so engaged in the storyline, as well as all the characters' interaction, I could not stand to put CASTING BONES down for any length of time. Don Bruns is a master storyteller with several exceptional series already to his credit. With this new series, I am sure he will garner even more fans. I anxiously await the next magical encounter between Archer and Solange in steamy New Orleans. (Tanzey Cutter FreshFiction.com)
Casting Bones captivates the reader, pulling them into a New Orleans at once dark and colorful, where magic still weaves its way through life and its residents remain loyal despite the corruption of leaders. Casting Bones is a magnificent mystery that focuses on a very pertinent topic - the issue of private prisons and the corruption they encourage. Take a trip to the Big Easy and explore its depths in Casting Bones - if you like serious police procedurals you won't be disappointed. (Crittermom (Blogger))
"Bruns is a crafty old pro, and every ounce of his skill and style is packed into CASTING BONES - charismatic characters, superb locations, and a great hard-edged story. If you love the crime genre, this is not just highly recommended but mandatory" (International bestselling author Lee Child)
Introducing New Orleans homicide detective Quentin Archer in the first of a brand-new mystery series.
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One of the things I love most about Bruns stories is his thorough research and understanding of a sense of place. Casting Bones transports the reader to a side of New Orleans few tourists see, opening up the reader to a city that Bruns has obviously spent a lot of time in. His ability to make the reader feel like they are in New Orleans is remarkable.
Quentin Archer, is a new-to-the-city cop who must investigate multiple murders that may have a voodoo connection. He is a compelling new character in the crime series world that I look forward to reading more about. Casting Bones is the perfect introduction to what promises to be a fantastic new series.
author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
In his latest page turner, "Casting Bones", he has created a compelling story of corruption and greed in The Big Easy, and while the characters and the story are gripping, Bruns uses the city of New Orleans as not just a backdrop, but also an integral piece of the puzzle. The sleazy underbelly of the city is exposed and twists and turns keep the story exciting to the very end.
You will love this book and find yourself referring it to All of your friends.
This book does not let up until the last page.
Take a trip into the Big Easy and discover what is really going on in the Crescent City.