I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Uneasy in New Orleans (A Big Easy Mystery Book 1) by Carol Carson
Published by Author Pages: 290
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FINNIGAN JONES HAS A PASSION FOR COOKING AND A PENCHANT FOR TROUBLE Dead bodies aren't on Finn's New Orleans walking tour of cemeteries and haunted houses. Ditto disappearing bodies. Now she has to explain to Detective Jack Boyle how her missing corpse has turned up in the Mississippi putting her smack-dab in the middle of a murder investigation. Unfortunately, another of Finn's odd jobs is taking questionable photos for Jack's PI brother, Tommy. After she snaps shots of a dubious pair of lovebirds, they stalk her, then kidnap her. Now Finn's dealing with two lunatics intent on killing her. Or driving her crazy. She's not sure which. Because lunatics and smokin-hot brothers aren't enough trouble, she's gossiping, yes gossiping, with a chef ghost at culinary school, cat-sitting her aunt's six felines and attempting to corral her wayward teenage sister. All Finn wants is to survive school and become the best chef in the world. FINN'S LIFE IS ABOUT TO GET EVEN MORE COMPLICATED.
Was that a dead body? Drawing a ragged breath, Finn Jones blinked hard to clear her vision.
What I thought of this book
This is my first novel by this author and oh my it was so funny, I can’t wait to see what happens to Finn next.
Finn is just not having a good time. It starts out with her seeing a dead body, then her friend Jack who is a detective doesn’t really believe her because apparently she has called him about things like this before. So she decides to go check it out and ends up getting clobbered on the head.
Finn is a tour guide for the French Quarter in New Orleans but she is also taking seedy pictures for her friend Tommy who is a PI and also Jack’s brother. She is also taking Culinary classes because she doesn’t plan on being a tour guide for the rest of her life. She just didn’t know how all this was going to so horrible wrong.
She finally convinces Jack she seen a body and got hit over the head. Jack feels bad so he said he would check it out but now there is no body. Then she gets kidnapped by a crazy woman who wants the pictures she took of her. Then she gets accosted by the man demanding the picture and in the scuffle accidentally knocks Tommy down the stairs and he breaks his leg. It just really goes down hill from there…lol.
Not to mention her teenage sex driven sister comes to stay with her to get away from their parents for a while and now she has to try and keep her out of trouble. Oh and I can’t for get the ghost, she has her own personal chef ghost who wants to help her become a chef! 🙂
Finn never thought taking dirty pics of a guy would get her into so much trouble and how does it tie in with a dead body. Between everything that happens to her and what Jack finds out about who is after her they might figure out everything if Finn lives long enough.
Finn is quite the character and she has a horrible few days but still manages to stay pretty upbeat about things. She also handles herself pretty well in some intense situations though her mouth could get her in trouble…lol. She is friends with both Jack and Tommy who are both yummy brothers, but I tend to see her being friends with Tommy and maybe a love interest in Jack later on if he can grow up a bit as him and his brother still both act like players.
Had this one for a while and not sure why I waited so long to read it as it was very funny and a quick read. Once I got started it was hard to stop. It’s kind of a cozy mystery but not like a lot of other cozy mysteries but really the only genre I can think to put it into. If you like humorous fun cozy mysteries then you will get a kick out of this one. 🙂