Christmas, 1973. One of the young women from La Petite Fleur Rose has mysteriously disappeared. For the last nine months New Orleans Private Detective Moses Byone has worked the cases that have the entire Crescent City donning him the Voodoo Detective. Mose and Armond race against time to protect themselves from the terribly dark and malevolent forces threatening them and the beautiful, seductive women of La Petite Fleur Rose. Gripping to the last, Detective Moses Byone comes face to face with the darkness and evil he has tried so desperately to disprove as he becomes The Voodoo Detective.
©2016 Ricardo M Fleshman (P)2016 Ricardo M Fleshman
An unusual mystery thriller which, though set in fairly recent times, has the feel of the Victorian era. It is very atmospheric and descriptive of the surroundings be it inside or out, which helps to heighten the feeling of uneasy suspense which runs through the story. The plot, too, is convoluted, moving from suspect to suspect but still leaving the detective, and the readerr, guessing to the end. All of the main protagonists are characters in their own right and well drawn. As, too is Mose, the so called Voodoo Detective himself, but I suspect that there is much more about him still to tell.
The whole is narrated by Nicholas Patrella. His voice is pleasant and feels right to be the mouthpiece for Mose. He mostly reads rather than performs the storyline, with not much differentiation in the dialogue although he makes it obvious who everyone is. But there are occasions when acting out seems appropriate and then he fulfill!s this admirably. However, he pauses very frequently, with every comma, which I initially found distracting, losing the fluency of the text. After a few chapters, though, either I adjusted or the quantity of pauses decreassed and it ceased to be a problem.
My thanks to the publisher, author or narrator who sent me a copy of The Voodoo Detective, via Audiobook Boom, to provide an unbiased review. This I have done.
"A Good Series: Storyville, French Quarter, N.O."
I have listened to at least four audio books in the Detective Byone Series. I enjoy the New Orleans settings Treme, Storyville, the Quarter. Another aspect is the characters who populate the novels and how real they seem and how complex they are. The cultures and diversity. These are strongly represented in The Voodoo Detective specifically.
The confrontation and chase through the abandon building. The initial investigation.
Though I'm no expert, my opinion is that Nicholas handles the French pronunciations and dialects very well. He has a clear neutral voice but can add dramatic elements appropriately.
If you can't do the time,... Voodoo you think you're foolin?
Of the handful in the series, so far, that I've heard, this one, "The Voodoo Detective" is my favorite.
Thank you for the chance to listen to and review it.
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"The Voodoo Detective is back"
After defeating his brother the Voodoo detective is back on the case of a missing person. A number of staged murder scenes leads Mose and Armond into the dark world of Voodoo magic. A good story that moves at a good pace with some nice twists.
Well read by Nicholas Patrella who brings the story to life and delivers an enjoyable listen.
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The Voodoo Detective, Book 6 of the Detective Byone novels, by Ricardo M. Fleshman, narrated by Nicholas Patrella had me completely hooked. I have friends who live in New Orleans, and although I’ve not yet been able to visit them, their stories of the historic city with a culture so different from my own here in the upper Midwest, intrigue me – as does this book.
I enjoyed the fact that The Voodoo Detective is set in the 70’s, in a time before the instantaneousness of cell phones and the internet. I enjoyed the fact that many of the primary characters are mature adults, rather than college-aged know-it-alls. And, I enjoyed the dips into voodoo and the dark arts. I realize that, since I have not read (or listened to) the first 5 books in the series, I am missing out on a lot of the characters’ history, and I am going to correct that situation as soon as I can. I will definitely be listening to (or reading) the rest of this series.
Nicholas Patrella did a fine job narrating. Not having any experience with the French language, I know I would have a difficult time trying to figure out how to pronounce many of the street names and points of interest in New Orleans, but from what I can tell, Mr. Patrella made them sound like they were right. I was kind of expecting more of an accent that would fit in with the Cajun or French of the city, but really the only time that came out was in Lisette’s speech. Still, I suppose the lack of a stronger accent would make it more understandable for most people, so I guess it makes sense not to have it. I would listen to more of Mr. Patrella’s work.
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"Excellent writing style."
This was my first experience with Fleshman and the Detective Byone series. I found Fleshman's writing to be smooth, direct, and descriptive. The plot moved forward at an excellent pace without diverting from the central plot for very long.
Nicholas Patrella did a great job narrating. His French was very good, but I don't know any French so I can't say if it was authentic. It sounded like it, which is half the struggle.
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