Going Back to New Orleans

Madeleine's Ghost

By Robert Girardi

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"Ned Conti is a young historian struggling to piece together the miraculous past of a Brooklyn nun for a tiny stipend, while, at night, he grapples with the paranormal phenomena that have recently seized his rent-controlled apartment: furniture set askew, strange light haunting the bedroom, rocks appearing mysteriously in midair to pummel the floor. His only refuge is the F train and its connection to long Manhattan nights in East Village bars that he visits with his forlorn and eccentric friends. As the summer grows hotter and his apartment more threatening, a baffled but tolerant Ned sets out to uncover the secret behind the angry spirit and, in so doing, is drawn irretrievably into a world of desire and fate...where all around him lingers the dark dream of New Orleans, a place of magical disaster. Ten years before, he fled the Crescent City, never to return, when Antoinette, his true love, ended their brief but urgent affair. Now he's going back, returning to the past that has haunted him for a decade."
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Married To The Mop: A Charlotte LaRue Mystery

By Barbara Colley

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Charlotte LaRue is back on the job (and back on a case) when she begins working for notorious crime boss Robert Rossi and his high society family. As family heirlooms disappear and family feuds flame, the big man himself winds up dead at his own party, seemingly at the hands of his wife, Emily. The case seems cut-and-dried-to anyone but Charlotte, that is. Although Emily looks guilty as sin, Charlotte has seen enough of the Rossi family's dirty laundry to suspect everyone. And the Faberge eggs continue to disappear. If there's a crack in the killer's plan, Charlotte will find it, because she won't stand for anything-least of all, murder-being swept under the rug. But she'd better tread carefully if she doesn't want to spend Fat Tuesday in the bayou, sleeping with the catfish.

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Mean Woman Blues

By Julia Smith

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"The nemesis of New Orleans police detective Skip Langdon is Errol Jacomine. This evangelical preacher has been leader of his own frenzied army of converts, has run for mayor of New Orleans, and now wants to become president of the United States. His campaign methods are rabble-rousing, theft, kidnapping, and multiple murder. Skip thinks Jacomine is as dangerous as Jim Jones. She has chased him for years with no luck. Now Jacomine comes after Skip, her lover, and her friends. She must track him down, but his disguise this time is so clever even his own children don't recognize him."
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Mercy

By Julie Garwood

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Like his FBI-agent brother Nick, Theo Buchanan is devoted to his crime-fighting career. Only Theo works the other side of the desk as an esteemed Justice Department attorney. At a gala ceremony in New Orleans, he is suddenly struck ill and is rushed to a hospital where a brilliant and beautiful surgeon, Dr. Michelle Renard, saves his life. It is not the only life-and-death crisis that will ensnare Theo -- for he is about to uncover a ring of criminals bent on preserving their secrecy at any cost.
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Midnight Bayou

By Nora Roberts

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"SelectionThere was something about Manet Hall that called out to Declan Fitzgerald, as the Boston lawyer purchases the grand old mansion in New Orleans, trading his briefcase for a toolbelt. But as he begins renovations, he starts feeling inexplicable sensations of terror . . . and nearly unbearable grief."
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New Orleans

By Dan Storper

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"A celebration of jazz, blues and swing, New Orleans style!"
Drop me off in New Orleans (Kermit Ruffins) -- Got a right to sing the blues (Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton) -- Basin Street Blues (Louis Prima) -- Wrap your troubles in dreams (Preservation Hall Hot 4 with Duke Dejan) -- Baby won't you please come home (Topsy Chapman and the Pros) -- The devil done got me blues (Kevin Clark and the Jazz Revelation) -- Tin roof blues (Louis Armstrong) -- Basin street blues (Dr. John) -- Give it up (Dr Michael White) -- Going back to New Orleans (Deacon John) -- Bye and Bye/Saints (Gregg Stafford and Dr. Michael White).
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Now Let's Talk of Graves

By Sarah Shankman

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"With fascinating characters and pungent dialogue, this spirited, rollicking mystery crackles with danger and excitement when Atlanta journalist/detective Samantha Adams accepts an invitation to visit the Big Easy--New Orleans at the height of Mardi Gras."
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Second Hand Smoke

By Patty Friedmann

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Zib and Wilson Bailey think the thick cloud of cigarette smoke enveloping their mother is what probably killed their father. Certainly the toxicity of Jerusha Bailey's cynical attitudes has driven her children far from New Orleans. Jerusha soon befriends Dustin Puglia, a ten-year-old living next door with a poisonous mother of his own. The two become attached in this hilarious story of responsibility and blame.

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Side Effects: A New Orleans Love Story

By Patty Friedmann

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"N.O. Drugstore is located at the improbable intersection of South Claiborne Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. Its idiosyncratic clientele draws as much from mostly poor-black Pigeontown as it does from the mostly rich-white University section. And no one knows this better than the three people who man the pharmacy on even days of the month.

"As different in style and temperament as their customers, Luciana Jambon, Lennon Israel, and Vendetta Greene are the protagonists of this story. Told in third person from their alternating points of view, Side Effects plays out their respective family feuds, usually somewhere between the Seasonal Specials and the Depends aisles. Corralled as they are with one another twelve hours a day, romance and splendid friendship blossom among Luciana, Lennon, and Vendetta, because it's really only a low counter that separates them from everyone else."

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

By Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

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Daisy Fuller Williams is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital the day that Hurricane Katrina hits. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud from the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. Benjamin's diary recounts his entire extraordinary life. The unusual aspect of his life is that he ages backwards, being born an old man.
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