Edgar Award-winning Smith writes two mystery series set in the New Orleans era starring female sleuths, Talba Wallis and Skip Langdon, respectively. Her latest in the Wallis series takes on the dog-eat-dog world of New Orleans society as it wraps itself around the southern literary scene. A call from Wallis' half sister, Janessa (whom Wallis discovered in a previous mystery), catapults the multitalented PI, computer expert, and poet into a double-homicide investigation. A mother and daughter are found murdered in their stately home: the mother is floating in the swimming pool, a bullet in her head; the daughter has died from multiple stab wounds. The mother is known as a modern-day female Gatsby. She came from nowhere, hosted elaborate parties, and now has ended up dead in her pool. Driving Wallis' interest in the case is the fact that her sister, a painter of decorative murals at the house, is a prime suspect. Wallis ranges throughout the state in the course of her investigation, giving the reader great lashings of Louisiana atmosphere. Vibrant. Connie FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
--Booklist on Louisiana Lament
"If you haven't read Smith before, this is the time to start. If you're a fan, you're in for yet another treat."
--Marcia Muller, bestselling author of Dead Midnight
"Can't wait for the next Evanovich? Check out Louisiana Hotshot. It's Stephanie Plum with Tabasco, dawlin'."
--The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, MS
"Smith has launched Talba Wallis on a welcome series of her own. Wallis is fine fun to get to know . . . a consistently interesting and likable woman of depth and complexity."
--The Washington Post