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I’m a big fan of the Skip Langdon series and the latest one, Murder on Magazine, was well worth the wait. I couldn’t put it down. In this one, Skip has a new rank, more confidence and a sharper tongue as she investigates a murder with markings of a serial killer. The case leads to the sinister world of human trafficking, and Skip handles it with empathy and caring. A bevy of Pomeranians, Skip’s new dog, and French Quarter characters lighten the heart-wrenching mood. Troubled character backgrounds illustrate the theme of betrayal and separation. Murder on Magazine is serious, funny, realistic, contemporary and a page turner – the best yet in the series.
Celebrate the return of Skip Langton who has returned after a ten-year break: mature, self-confident, and still kicking bad-guy butt! I fell in love with Skip around 1990 because she is not a cliche. Not bitter, beautiful, or busty, she had to find her way as a cop and a woman: in this book she has come into her own. Thank you Julie Smith for bringing her back.
Skip Langdon has returned and is as good as ever. The mystery involves a murder taking place in an airbnb which makes tracking down the killer harder because of the nature of how airbnb works. The book referenced earlier titles in the series in a good way. The parallels between those renting an airbnb contrasted with the killer using 12 step programs in Axeman's Jazz was inspired. It was also fun to see characters age which doesn't often happen in these stories. I liked that the runaway Melody from Jazz Funeral now runs a program for those who are runaways themselves. I do wish we had seen a little more of our favorite characters like Skip's former landlord Jimmie Dee, but I understand the story had to keep moving and I enjoyed the portrayal of the young woman who escapes human trafficking. I hope we see this character in future Skip Langdon mysteries. And here is hoping that now that Skip is back, Julie Smith brings back Talba Wallis as well.
If you like small town cozies with bad guys in black and the others a predictable white, I don't think this would be a favorite. If you are riveted to "Orange is the New Black", and actually laughed when the van swerved the "wrong" way and hit, well you either know or don't, I think you would thoroughly enjoy this latest in the Skip Langdon series. Julie Smith is a very talented, and luckily prolific writer. You've met her characters, or at least seen them. She sets the atmosphere impeccably, and the plots flourish. It is on the noir side, but so is life. Few punches are pulled in the telling of the story.
Thanks for more Skip, Julie. I recommend the entire series, and this volume included. Enjoy!
I'm a huge Julie Smith fan, and although I enjoy Talba and Jessica, Skip has always been my favorite, and I've missed her. So, putting that initial delight aside for the moment, I couldn't put the book down. Skip has gained confidence as well as a promotion since last we saw her. She takes on what urns out to be two related investigations, each exploring two very important and timely topics: bigotry and human trafficking. Much as we'd like to avoid these, we know they are with us. Smith has a deft and sensitive approach to this eye-opening and dark investigation. Although you may be put off by the use of offensive language, it's necessary to the story and in no way overused. This may be Smith's most intricate plot line yet. I loved every minute of us and hope this means Skip is back!
Julie Smith has done it again! Skip Langdon is a heroine par excelance. This book has all the humor and action of the other Skip Langdon books, but it has a tone that puts it far above the rest. The protagonist is someone you care about from the get-go, and you continue to care about her to the ending. She's not the self-centered New Orlenian in some of the other books. She's someone in very real danger that Skip wants to protect.
Skip Langdon is the best of all the Smith characters. Skip Langdon is interesting, she's a good cop and a good person and this is a book I enjoyed. Characters are built up and the story is not overwhelmed by action, as some books are. New Orleans is always an interesting setting, and, living here, the book is pretty representative of the city. My only gripe - a small one - is that if someone doesn't want to be found, the first thought might be to cut off their distinctive pink hair. It's a fairly light police procedural, and I enjoyed it and would recommend it for those times when you don't want to read anything too intense.