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Jambalaya Justice (Crescent City Mystery) Paperback – June 6, 2011
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"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
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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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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.