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Summary

How do we reconcile the beauty in death?

The Dying Dance is the story of retired New Orleans police detective turned private investigator Moses Andre Byone, self-proclaimed skeptic who uncovers an underworld of voodoo, dark magic, and betrayal in the shadows of the human heart as he searches to understand the death of a wealthy white lawyer from Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. On his journey to solve the case, Mose discovers a mysterious silver box that may hold the secrets to the darker human behaviors of greed, lust, and power. He must find a way to not only protect himself, but also his beautiful young Creole ward, Lisette St. Germain, lest they meet with their own gruesome end. Filled with a wonderful cast of complex and unforgettable characters set against the alluring, grimy but mysterious backdrop of 1970s' New Orleans, the story is sure to thrill and entertain as Mose searches to discover the truth of the dying dance.

©2013 Ricardo M Fleshman (P)2016 Ricardo M Fleshman

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"There are no secrets here ... only mysteries."

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An interesting story set , mostly, in New Orleans, an atmospheric conjuring up of noir street life and colourful characters. There is also an undertone of voodoo which permeates the book. The main protagonist, the ex detective now turned private investigator, Moses Byone is, strangely, not the dominant character for this reader. This privilege resides with an upmarket antiques dealer, Armand Fontineaux, who is of great assistance to, and becomes a friend of Byone. He is beautifully portrayed by Nicholas Patrella in his reading of the book, a reading which is good and slick as befitted the text, with clearly defined character dialogue and assured speaking of the Creole language sentences which occasionally occur.

I read this series in the wrong order, starting with book two. Although each in the series is standalone, it is definitely advisable to begin with this, book one, which sets the background for Byone and the woman, Lassette. The story is intriguing, if a little disjointed in places, but it is the personality of the place and people which really makes this an enjoyable book, both brought even more immediately to life by the narrator.
I received my copy of The Dying Dance as a gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for this. It is an intriguing series.

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"Dying" Detective

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I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

The plot of this book seemed good and I was excited for it, but it struggles with an extremely fast pace that doesn't sit right with the characters or the plot. I thought the characters were pretty good and I liked Moses.

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  • Christina
  • 15-02-16

A captivating mystery with a New Orleans twist

The book begins by introducing a few different plot lines which all run at the same time with different characters & players in the overall big story. I knew that at one point they would intertwine one another, but I wasn't sure when or how, and that's what held my attention throughout as I tried to guess and put together the pieces. The backdrop of New Orleans with its voodoo and mystical dark magic set the perfect stage for this captivating story that's riddled with twists and turns to pull you in. If you enjoy a mystery that will take you on an adventure then this book is perfect for you, it was a highly enjoyable twisty great.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 15-07-18

AWESOME FIRST IN SERIES, SEEDY 70's N'ORLEANS :)

Great stuff! Loved this one, kept me listening from beginning to end. Would love to read/listen to more in the series! The crazy, wild world of New Orleans is captured expertly in both description, plot and narration. Great mystery, intricate plot, I really enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend it to others. :-)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 12-07-18

Lies, deceit and greed!

Detective Byone takes us into the seedy parts of New Orleans with twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout!

Nicholas Patrella, narrator, knows his characters well!

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobookboom com.

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  • Claire
  • 07-07-18

Moved too fast

For me there was too much trying to happen in too short a period of time, both regarding the number of pages in the book and the timeline of the story.

There's a fair bit of back story included and in the audio I found it confusing sometimes when the story moved from one time period to another, it wasn't always obvious that a time change had happened at first.

I liked the characters, I thought some of them were a lot of fun and they were all interesting, the settings were also well done, very vivid.

Other than feeling rushed I enjoyed it.

The pacing and tone of the delivery are well done and I enjoyed the character voices, the accents were really well done.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Lynn
  • 27-01-18

Another side to New Orleans

Would you listen to The Dying Dance again? Why?

Yes, just to catch the things I missed the first time. Since you have heard it once, the next time you notice things you missed out on before.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Who doesn't love a good detective story in an amazing town?

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Patrella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe this is the first one. He did an excellent job of giving the characters their own unique voices

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This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Jane
  • 31-05-17

DEFINITELY A GOOD READ

What did you love best about The Dying Dance?

The characters and the place

What other book might you compare The Dying Dance to and why?

none

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Patrella – was your favorite?

person who danced with feathers and Armond

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no ....just very pleased with the ending

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I received this audiobook for free from the author/narrator or publisher and am giving this unbiased review freely. Once I fell into the rhythm of the narration, I began to enjoy the story and it held my interest right to the end. Now I am Looking forward to more Byone mysteries..

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  • Neesie315
  • 31-03-17

The Dying Dance

I lived in Louisiana for 4 years & am always looking for new books set there, especially in New Orleans. I also enjoy reading noir-type detective stories. This book fit the bill on both counts!

Moses Byone is a retired NO police detective who has been hired to find Jefferson Collingwood's killer. While on the trail, he encounters a stereotypical art/antique dealer, a drag queen or two, a voodoo practioner & a beautiful Creole girl.

I was gifted an audio version of this book by the narrator & chose to review it. Nicholas Patrella does an excellent job with the pronunciations of NO streets & draws you into the story.

I look forward to more adventures with Mose, Lisette & Armand.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-17

Welcome to the Dark and Dirty of the Big Easy

Ricardo Fleshman takes us on a fast-paced journey through the dark side of New Orleans. Detective Byone a 1970 era ex-cop turned investigator is asked to look into the death of a prominent white lawyer and is drawn though art and antiques into the under belly of Voodoo and Mysticism. Flesh creates many great characters with unforgettable personalities. This is a great story but not a casual read it moves so fast that you might get lost on a turn and spend a few minutes’ back tracking to get it right. This said it will have you looking for the next in the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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  • Vickie
  • 27-02-17

This book was just so-so for me

I thought the writing was good and the narration was good, but there were a few production issues in the book that really took away from it for me. I could see where the author was going but there was just so much jumping around from person to person, and place to place. I found that to be rather distracting. I felt it was good enough though I am going to read the second book in the series though. Was voluntarily provided this review copy by the author publisher for narrator

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  • Jenniferk
  • 22-02-17

70s era paranormal detective thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dying Dance to be better than the print version?

The audio version allows the narrator to emote many of the tense moments throughout the book. Set in New Orleans during the 70s, this book has a gritty noir feel. There are voodoo overtones and old family mysteries woven together to make this a fast paced mystery. A good quick listen full of eclectic characters.

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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.