I like it...
Sleeping with the Crawfish by D. J. Donaldson is a fast-paced, high quality mystery set in New Orleans. We love New Orleans, the restaurants, the food, the architecture, the music ... did I say the fresh seafood???? So a mystery set in New Orleans naturally interested me.
Sleeping with the Crawfish is the fourth book in a series of mystery novels starring “plump and proud” medical examiner Andy Broussard as he tackles mysterious cases that occur in New Orleans. In this latest installment, Broussard discovers that the body of a dead man belongs to a convict whom prison officials claim is still alive in his cell. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two set out to find the truth behind the bizarre turn of events.
What’s great about the series is that each story is a standalone mystery, and the action is top notch. Donaldson’s familiarity with New Orleans especially adds character to the story, and you can tell that the author really understands the essence of the city, from the dialogue, the people, and the food. It’s a book that appreciates the setting of New Orleans ...
If you have ever visited New Orleans, you will be immediately transported back to familiar streets, buildings, sights and sounds as you read Sleeping with the Crawfish. You might even catch yourself imagining the delicious smells...
Here's a short excerpt:
The driver’s floor mat lay on the back of Kit’s legs. Her thighs were pressed against the steering wheel. Both arms dangled, the car’s scant headroom folding them at the elbows. From around the doors, water seeped into the car and pooled on the inside of the roof. As the level rose, it lifted her hair and covered her hands. Still unconscious, she knew nothing about any of this.
Gradually, the water deepened, creeping over Kit’s wrists, the spilled contents of the glove compartment quietly spinning in tiny eddies. Her watch went under and stalled. The drooping floor mat on the passenger side let go and splashed into the water, creating ripples that pushed a floating Paper Mate pen in her direction, where it became moored in the auburn sargassum of her hair. A minute later, the rising water caressed the crown of her head. Outside, in the weeds along the bank, a hundred pairs of amphibian eyes watched the car sink lower in the water, their owners as oblivious to Kit’s plight as she was.
Fifty yards up the road, Ozaire Chevalons was listening to “Ma Petite Fille” on a Blackie Forestier tape, an open beer bottle nestled between his legs.
A few yards before his headlights picked up the skid marks that would have led him to Kit’s car in the bayou, he threw his head back and sang a few bars himself. By the time he looked back at the road, he’d missed her.
When the water reached Kit’s eyebrows, she woke.
For an instant, she was disoriented, her head throbbing from the blow she’d received and the blood pooling in her brain from being upside down.
Then she knew.
There in the dark, the water rising, she was seized by dread as black as the watery grave claiming her an inch at a time.
You know you want to keep reading ... I think you will enjoy it.
I especially like stories with a medical slant, as long as the writer gets the medical facts accurate. No problem with that in this book:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D.J. Donaldson is a retired professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology. His entire academic career was spent at the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, where he published dozens of papers on wound-healing and where he taught microscopic anatomy to thousands of medical and dental students.
He is also the author of seven published forensic mysteries and five medical thrillers. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two West Highland terriers. In the spring of most years he simply cannot stop buying new flowers and other plants for the couple’s prized backyard garden.
Be sure to check out the other books in this series and also other books by D.J. Donaldson here.
“D.J. Donaldson is superb at spinning medical fact into gripping suspense. With his in-depth knowledge of science and medicine, he is one of very few authors who can write with convincing authority.” -- Tess Gerritsen, NY Times best-selling author of the Rizzoli & Isles novels
Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo.
Strange lesions found in the brain of a dead man have forensic pathologist Broussard stumped. Even more baffling are the corpse’s fingerprints. They belong to Ronald Cicero, a lifer at Angola State Prison… an inmate the warden insists is still there. Broussard sends psychologist Kit Franklyn to find out who is locked up in Cicero’s cell. But an astonishing discovery at the jail and an attempt on her life almost has Kit sleeping with the crawfish in a bayou swamp. And Broussard, making a brilliant deduction about another murder, may soon be digging his own grave.
D.J. Donaldson’s brilliant first-hand knowledge of forensics, combined with a sultry flavor of New Orleans, equals a series that provides “sheer pulse-pounding reading excitement” (The Clarion Ledger) and “genuinely heart-stopping suspense” (Publisher’s Weekly). With ingenuity and authentic detail, Donaldson presents a first class forensic procedural within an irresistibly delectable mystery.
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