Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Book Review: The Devils' Muse by Bill Loehfelm

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Farrar, Straus and Giroux via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them, all opinions are my own.


And Speaking of NOLA....

New Orleans’s toughest female cop tackles her very first Mardi Gras
devils muse cover
Synopsis:
Now that she’s back on the force and her work with the FBI is over, Maureen Coughlin should have a quieter life. Until Mardi Gras rolls around, that is. New Orleans’s biggest and most infamous party, Mardi Gras may be fun for the revelers but it’s hell for the NOPD, who try to keep the peace on streets jam-packed with drunken paradegoers and the thousands of tourists pouring into the city to join the action. With all that chaos, the city becomes a breeding ground for crimes of all shapes and sizes.
Maureen’s Mardi Gras night starts with a bang when a man in pink zebra-print tights—and nothing else—runs past and throws himself onto the hood of a moving car. It only gets worse when she hears gunshots over the noise of the crowd. In the midst of the revelry, Maureen and her fellow cops must stabilize the shooting victims and hunt down the shooter, all while grappling with massive crowds, a camera crew intent on capturing the investigation for their YouTube channel, an incompetent on-duty detective, and race relations in a city more likely to mistrust cops than ever. It’s going to be one very long night for Maureen.
With The Devil's Muse, Bill Loehfelm returns with another gripping installment in his “edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life” (Booklist) Maureen Coughlin series.

Review:

HOW did I not hear about this series before???????

I have no idea, but I am now STUCK like GLUE to this one! Not only is the NOLA settign CORRECTLY done, but the law enforcement patois is perfect, and the Mardi Gras conditions spot on. WHICH means, this books reads like real life!  Maureen is so relatable- she's struggling to be accepted, but finds herself in the wrong place at the right time . Unfortunately now she has a reputation for being in the mud more times than not! She may irritate her Sergeant, but he can't argue with her results! This is a real page turner- I literally stayed up til wee hours of the monring finishing it, as it was SO good! In fact, I did the 'NOOOOOO" scream when it ended, as I wanted to seee Maureen through the St Patrick's parade season (which generally follows Mardi Gras!). I will defintely be going back and reading the first 4 books in the series (this is the 5th book) during the rest of the Summer!

About the Author:

Bill Loehfelm is the author of the critically-acclaimed Devil series about New Orleans Police Department rookie Maureen Coughlin, featuring the novels, LET THE DEVIL OUT (a Boston Globe Year's Best for 2016), DOING THE DEVIL'S WORK, THE DEVIL IN HER WAY, and THE DEVIL SHE KNOWS. He is also the author of the stand-alone novels, FRESH KILLS and BLOODROOT, set in his hometown of Staten Island. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in several anthologies. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, AC Lambeth, a writer and yoga instructor, and their dog. He plays drums in a rock-’n-’roll band. Follow him on Facebook for more info!

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