Daily Review: Big Easy by Eric Wilder
August 15, 2017
Police enlist Mama Mulate, a powerful voodoo mambo, to help stop this deranged killer or killers.
Someone is killing New Orleans street people, and it’s hurting the city’s tourist trade beginning to recover from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
More than murder, voodoo is involved, the killer possibly an actual Vodoun deity. Wyatt Thomas, the French Quarter’s favorite P.I., is forced to respond, or to die.
Well, this was quite the story. It will make you “almost” believe in voodoo. I loved the characters, especially Mama Mulate. She was the best what with her powers (?), potions and powders. I liked the trips to the cemetery searching for grave sites at night and the mystery surroundings the baron. I never saw that coming.
Oh yeah, it gets a little racy at times (to say the least) so be forewarned. You can actually picture some of the locations if you’ve been to NOLA so that made it even better.
It’s a pretty wild ride but I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book.
By Patti Bray
Although I don’t normally read police/murder mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed Big Easy. The book takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans, such a unique city, and someone is murdering street people in the French Quarter. Detective Tony Nicosia is assigned to solve these homicides.
The killer has left grisly clues that indicate these deaths have a connection with voodoo, and all are strangely connected to a nearby mission. Unschooled in voodoo, Nicosia enlists the help of Wyatt Thomas and Mama Mulate, a powerful voodoo mambo, to help stop this deranged killer or killers.
The story progresses through several unexpected twists and turns, especially towards the end of the book.
Eric Wilder writes in a concise, easy-to-read manner that gives the reader just enough details to make the story enjoyable. I liked the way he wove the story around real restaurants/bars in the French Quarter and nearby areas.
He apparently is very familiar with New Orleans and its culture, and did quite a bit of research on voodoo. I liked everything about the book, including the cover depicting the tomb of Marie Laveau, the most famous voodoo queen.
Having everything that could translate into a good movie, I could easily see this book being adapted to a film version.
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