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Review of IMOGENE IN NEW ORLEANS by Hunter MurphySee full issue for 2017 04-17
Imogene Deal McGregor intends to have a real New Orleans vacation and she is not about to let murder get in the way of her plans. In Imogene in New Orleans, the feisty Imogene, her son, her son’s partner, and their English Bulldog travel to New Orleans to visit friends. But as soon as they arrive one of their friends is found murdered in his art studio. Since the local police don’t seem interested in solving the case, it’s up to Imogene and the boys to bring the killer to justice. As they wind their way through the various criminals and connections, Imogene also finds time to enjoy the city.
The story’s main strength lay in its depiction of New Orleans. The author imbues the setting with such a strong sense of place that the reader is instantly absorbed. Imogene is also a great deal of fun, getting into trouble and not tolerating any foolishness. However, the story leaves a great deal to be desired. The beginning of the mystery and the resolution both make sense, but the story in inconsistent in connecting them. Characters’ actions don’t mesh with their motives and the course of events calls for too much suspension of disbelief at points, leading to an unsatisfying read. Overall it has potential to be great but needs some more editing in order to do so.
This book is recommended for fans of cozy mystery series, especially those set in the American South. However, it is not recommended for anybody who is looking for a serious story or a tight plot.
The Rating3 Stars (out of 5): Pretty good. Sure, there were some issues, but it was still worth the read.
The Pros & ConsPros: Humor, Strong World-Building
Cons: Character Developement, Dialogue, Plotline
The ReviewerAmanda McSweeney‘s website.
At the ripe age of 73, Imogene Deal McGregor has a penchant for following her own instincts, as well as more grit and spunk than her hypochondriac son, Billy McGregor, and Billy’s impulsive partner Jackson can handle. The boys take Imogene to New Orleans with their devilishly handsome English bulldog Goose, hoping to visit friends and attend a second line parade, but moments after arriving in the French Quarter, they find their friend Glenway Gilbert murdered in his art gallery.
Amanda McSweeney‘s website.