Title: Uneasy in New Orleans
Author: Carol Carson
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance
Publishing date: 1st September, 2015
My Rating: 2/5 stars (On second-thoughts, maybe 2.5)
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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 but…
FINN’S LIFE IS ABOUT TO GET EVEN MORE COMPLICATED
Umm… where do I start? I really wanted to like this book so much. The title somewhat had me intrigued from the time I got this book and was eager to read it. It stood out to me but it didn’t exactly stand up to my expectations. After finishing the book, I think the logical explanation might be because it ended up with a promise of a further series. The mystery remains unsolved or wait, was it solved? Uh-uh I can’t even determine that.
The book started out interesting. I always wanted to read a mystery novel where the main female protagonist is not from the FBI or CBI or Police or is a detective or a journalist or someone who has anything to do with the law enforcement and this book gave me a promise of that. Finn is a simple tour guide who is taking a culinary class secretly. She intends of keeping it a secret because she wants to prove that she is capable of something.
Here, comes the police and detective connections, the Boyle brothers, Jack Boyle being a detective and Tommy Boyle being a PI. She grew up with them and works part time with Tommy as a photographer was his firm which Jack had no idea of until all the mess happened.
Finn spots a dead body while on one of her tours, which starts the hay-fire in her life. She has to explain to Jack that she wasn’t wrong this time like she had been the other times when she claimed that she saw a body. Somebody had a habit of calling wolf. Quite naturally, Jack doesn’t believe her because the body’s disappeared but then he investigates the place after Finn mentions her being attacked when she went to check the body out.
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.
This part of the synopsis is half true, like, what I just said but that doesn’t throw her smack-dab in the middle of a murder investigation like the synopsis suggests. She is nowhere involved with the investigation. In fact I felt like the investigation part or the mystery solving part wasn’t the priority, the focus was completely on Finn rather than the mystery which is not what I root for in books under Mystery and Thriller category. As far as Romance is concerned, there is NO romance, unless you count the number of times her mind drifts back to her sex-less life as romance. Finn is attracted to every man- both the Boyle brothers are on her list, strangers and even the seventeen year old neighbor next door. She has to keep reminding herself that the boy is just 17 and she is 25. There’s a little jealous side to Jack almost towards the end but that is more mysterious than the mystery itself.
Her sister, Debbie, comes into picture which only adds up to the sex talk in the book. There are no graphic scenes to go by, just jokes related to sex and they are one too many. Her aunt Gert is always cruising to find love and Finn cat-sits Gert’s six cats while Gert is away, and her elder sister, Emmy, is mysteriously holidaying, nobody exactly knows where and shows up at the end to give the next book something more to discuss about.
The only character who was actually providing the book with humor was Tommy, though Finn’s mom, Gert and her sister Debbie add their little jokes but you can only have this much of jokes on people’s sex life in a mystery book. The book is trying to be everything- family drama, funny, mysterious, romantic and what not but just NOPE!
I felt like the book tried too hard to be interesting but ended up just not being it. It is the type of book where you skip the middle and still don’t miss anything. There was so much happening that there was nothing happening.
The writing was okay, I thought things were sometimes described more than it was necessary, like, here’s an example-
This would have been funny or okay depending on the situation but sometimes only one line is enough to tell what a character feels about something that isn’t that important to the story.
Finn sees a body, she is attacked, said body disappears, she is chased by lunatics, kidnapped by them, streetcars stops “because” of her, she is held up by FBI, she almost destroys her career and many more things that would give the complete story away so I am keeping myself from mentioning it.
After I sat down to write the review did I realize that it’s actually a start in a series. The name goes by- A Big Easy Mystery (Book #1) Umm…
The start was good but then the story kind of dragged, I think there was no need for a series, this book could have solved the mystery and it would have made the book great. Nevertheless, I am going to read the sequel when it comes out because the mystery isn’t solved, wait, is it? God!
Why would I pick it up?
Because I would like to know what the further books have to offer, if the mystery is more fast paced or not.