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Imogene in New Orleans Paperback – December 15, 2014
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"There is a touch of genius in the character of Imogene, an elderly, salty, down-to-earth woman- think Wife of Bath meets Miss Marple but with an Alabama accent." Ambush Magazine "An exceptionally well crafted mystery replete with unexpected plot twists and turns, "Imogene in New Orleans" is a highly recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections..." Midwest Book Review "Murphy treats readers of Imogene in New Orleans to an exciting tour of the city, complete with lessons on Mardi Gras, culinary and musical traditions. Although she drives her son to constantly check his blood pressure and can't be made to behave, Imogene is a whip-smart senior citizen who may have missed her calling as a detective." Deep South Magazine "The settings are humid, vivid and have their own quirky character...I wanted to spend my entire summer with Imogene..." Liberty Press
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Praise for Imogene in New Orleans:
"Hunter Murphy's charming debut of a murder mystery will have you wanting to hop a riverboat and join senior citizen Imogene, the boys and insatiable bulldog Goose on their hunt for a killer through the lush streets of New Orleans." --Deep South Magazine
"Hunter Murphy's debut, Imogene in New Orleans, introduces a feisty Southern mama who takes murder in her stride when she vacations in New Orleans with her son Billy, his partner Jackson, and their English bulldog Goose. The irrepressible Imogene will endear herself to mystery readers as a latter-day Miss Marple who leads her "boys" on a merry chase while solving a murder."
--Dean James, author of the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks mystery series
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This reminded me of the screwball comedies of the past I loved, with many twists and turns, clues and dead ends. But underneath the fun and imaginative characters is an intelligently written plot.
I loved that Imogene managed to stay one step ahead of the bumbling law enforcement. Her common sense and penchant for knowing what to do with the clues she gathers makes her a force to be reckoned with.
The narrator, Lee Ann Howlett, does such a great job with the character of Imogene. I felt like I knew her. I could just picture everything she did. All her characterizations were wonderful but Imogene was the best!
A fun southern mystery cozy by a talented writer. I'm glad he got Lee Ann Howlett to do the narration, she is really good. This is the author's first book and the first. I hope, in a series of Imogene's adventures.
I bought the book but was given a copy of the audio book for my review.
By Hunter Murphy
Imogene Deal McGregor is going on vacation. Her son Billy McGregor and his partner, Jackson Miller, are driving her down from Alabama with their bulldog Goose, and she’s looking forward to a few days in New Orleans. She’s got a new camera and a sense of adventure. Nothing’s going to stop her having fun—not even murder.
Imogene’s boys fuss at her and fret over her, and Imogene chafes at being treated like a helpless old lady. When one of Billy and Jackson’s friends in the Crescent City turns up dead, they all get drawn into the mystery, and Imogene shows her mettle by defying her guardians and setting off on her own.
The whole book is a vivid, fond description of New Orleans and its denizens, from art dealers to street hustlers. Imogene is all down with the gays—she loves her hypochondriac son (who’s a nurse) and his longtime partner (who’s just a little bossy). In spite of a limp from a previously broken hip, Imogene gets around, and she’ll be darned if she’ll let anyone shut her in.
Because of an aggressive and unhelpful policeman, this odd trio, plus their local friends, an older local couple named Neil and Allen, take the investigation into their own hands. They tackle it like the amateurs they are, spurred on by emotion and intuition, without much thought to proper procedure or personal safety. As a result, the tone of the book is a little bit Three Stooges and a little bit Keystone Kops. As the boys and their friends bumble around, making stupid choices and causing general confusion; Imogene finds an ally in Lena, a neighborhood praline-maker. Lena has her own wheels, and his opens another door to misadventure.
What was particularly enjoyable for me in Murphy’s debut novel is both the setting—which explores a city I know and love—and the cast of characters. Here is a vision of the Deep South where gay folk of varying ages are neither stereotyped nor rejected. One suspects Imogene is a church-going lady, but that doesn’t keep her from loving her boys in spite of their annoying aspects. The book reminds us that New Orleans is a very gay city, but also that it is part of a larger social community where people take care of their own.
One of the main traits of "Imogene in New Orleans" that I admire so much is that the story is satisfyingly witty and clever, but the author does a good job of making sure that the overall vibe doesn't stray far away from the elements that make the mystery genre so appealing to a long-standing fan such as myself. The unique mix of characteristics that can be found throughout these pages are blended in such a way that I am sure it has the potential to leave even the most hardened, critical readers out there fulfilled.
The plot is clearly well thought-out and slightly complex, but it's also comfortably readable and clear which is a major bonus for me as I simply hate being overloaded with too many perplexing plot intricacies. If you're looking for a mystery read that is refreshingly new and an overall smooth, satisfying read - then I highly recommend giving Imogene in New Orleans a chance.
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