Oct 21, 2014

Review: New Orleans Requiem by DJ Donaldson

New Orleans Requiem by DJ Donaldson
ISBN (Paperback):  978-1-938231-38-4
ISBN (Ebook):  978-1-938231-36-0
CATEGORY:  Fiction / Mystery & Suspense
As a fan of mystery novels and books, I was excited to get a chance to read New Orleans Requiem by DJ Donaldson.  Honestly, this was my first opportunity to read a one of the Andy Broussard/Kit Franklin mysteries and having done so now, I can't wait to read more of them. 

I tend read late at night, in the quiet of a house filled with sleeping children, curled up in my bed. And this cleverly written novel led to many late nights as I kept turning pages for "just one more page" staying up way later than I had intended.  The main characters, Andy Broussard and Kit Franklin began to feel like neighbors or friends instead of simply like fictional people.

In the novel, Andy Broussard is the New Orleans medical examiner who works with psychologist Kit Franklyn.  This particular case is truly bizarre!  A man is found in stabbed, one eyelid removed and four Scrabble tiles with the letters KOJE on his chest. And when a second victim is found also stabbed and missing one eyelid, but this time with only three letters on his chest, KOJ there is no doubting the pattern.  But will there be only two more victims or is he leading up to something bigger?

I LOVE the intricate plotline and the twists and turns involved.  It kept me guessing right up to the end and I love when a novel can do that.  I found that I had to carefully pay close attention as I read this book. There are clues given that were very easy to miss and other clues which have no value, but they are all played out for you to put together. I really like how this novel made me think.

D.J. Donaldson is a retired professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology.  His entire academic career was spent at the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, where he published dozens of papers on wound-healing and where he taught microscopic anatomy to thousands of medical and dental students.
He is also the author of seven published forensic mysteries and five medical thrillers. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two West Highland terriers. In the spring of most years he simply cannot stop buying new flowers and other plants for the couple’s prized backyard garden.

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