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What’s the perfect killing field for a murderer? A place where he (or maybe she) can learn your secrets from your own mouth and then make friends over coffee. A supposedly "safe" place where anonymity is the norm. The horror who calls himself The Axeman has figured it out and claimed his territory--he's cherry-picking his victims in the 12-Step programs of New Orleans.AndWhat’s the perfect killing field for a murderer? A place where he (or maybe she) can learn your secrets from your own mouth and then make friends over coffee. A supposedly "safe" place where anonymity is the norm. The horror who calls himself The Axeman has figured it out and claimed his territory--he's cherry-picking his victims in the 12-Step programs of New Orleans.And he's had the gall to name himself after a historical serial killer. He just needs to go down, and fast, because this is New Aw'lins, dawlin'--half the town is either alcoholic or co-dependent!Who better to take him out than tall, funny, social-misfit Skip Langdon, now a homicide detective on the Axeman team, a gig that takes her into the 12-Step groups to meet the suspects (giving author Smith a chance for gentle satire). As Skip threads her fascinated way from one self-help group to another, she finds she has more in common with the twelve-steppers than just the murder—her mother, for one thing, whom she encounters at Overeaters Anonymous! And she knows what they do not: that among their anonymous numbers is a murderous, and dangerously attractive psychopath....

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  • Linda
    2019-04-25 22:33

    I enjoyed this mystery set in New Orleans around 1990 (when it was first published). Our detective, Skip Langdon, possesses a mix of self-confidence and self-doubt that I find very relatable. This serial killer is trolling 12-step meetings, and the book portrays the 12-step community in a way that is very different from other books I've read. There is a good pool of suspects in the meetings, and each of them is broken and interesting in his or her own way. I did guess the right perpetrator early on (unusual for me), but it didn't take away from the ride getting there. A good read.It was free from BookBub a couple of years ago, and I just now got to it.3.5 stars rounded up

  • Bill
    2019-05-15 00:33

    This is my second Julie Smith mystery, also conveniently the 2nd in the Police Inspector Skip Langdon mysteries, set in New Orleans. It's been awhile between my enjoyment of the 1st book and this one. I'm glad I decided to read her again as it was most enjoyable. Julie Smith has a different style, not sure exactly how to describe it. Skip Langdon seems to almost float through the investigation into the murders of two different people, seemingly linked to the various 12-Step Self help organizations that permeate the city. It seems as thought the murderer, one who seems to be using similar methods to a much earlier serial killer, The Axeman, might be linked somehow to the groups, either choosing victims from the groups or as a member himself/ herself. Skip inserts herself into the groups to investigate the members and follows various members around. The basics are there to make the story flow; murders, an investigation, a resolution, but this seems to be almost peripheral to just being with Skip as she wanders through her story. I liked it and want to read more of Skip Langdon's stories as I find it an interesting style and I like the location.

  • Craig Melancon
    2019-04-25 18:18

    Another good book! Julie Smith really knows New Orleans and when reading you feel like you are in the scene.I really recommend this book, makes me want to read more of the series, and I am!

  • Lynn
    2019-05-18 20:36

    Easy-to-read female homicide detective mystery. A real who-dun-it. Enjoyed.

  • LJ
    2019-05-10 18:15

    THE AXEMAN'S JAZZ - G+Smith, Julie - 2nd in Skip Langdon seriesNew Orleans detective Skip Langdon must track down the brutal Axeman--a serial killer who preys on the city's hundreds of twelve-step recovery groups and who will spare anyone in whose home a jazz band is playing on the night of his rampage.Introduced to me by members of the East Bay Mystery Readers' Group, I like the character. Very enjoyable.

  • Laurie Hanan
    2019-05-07 23:16

    I absolutely love this author, and especially this series! Over the years I'd read most of them, but not in order. Now I've decided to go back and read them in order and I'm so glad I did! Even though each novel stands alone, each builds on the one before and things make so much more sense. I adore the New Orleans backdrop, a city I've never had the fortune to visit but love reading about. In this novel I learned so much about 12-step programs. In this one the killer is so gut-wrenchingly tragic. Pity for a killer isn't the norm, but the author did it so artfully, it broke my heart.

  • Rachel Sinclair
    2019-05-05 21:20

    I was really enjoying this book and looking forward to giving it many stars, and then all of a sudden it just ended. The detective didn't figure it out, the key chapter told her, and then the killer confessed. Worse yet, the killer actually confessed to someone else and the detective overheard; the detective was t even instrumental in the confession. Having said that, I did enjoy the ride up to that point.

  • Bella
    2019-05-17 20:31

    Really enjoyed this book - not sure why I haven't read the first one! Skip is a great character, and I appreciated the way her character was developed throughout the book. An interesting premise, and I was engrossed from about the third page until the very final page - which I actually found a bit of a let-down. Overall though, a great book, and I will definitely be reading the others in the series.

  • Pat Beard
    2019-05-07 18:18

    Liked this almost as much as the first book. Would have gone a 4.5 star. It is so of its place, I see the Deep South shining out of these people's lives and the way the society shapes and responds to them. Obviously not everyone down there is disturbed and there are people mentally like that everywhere. But it is the way they, and normal people, interact with society that makes the region totally unique. Love the south.

  • Louise Pass
    2019-04-24 21:29

    Insider outsider, which are you?These are pretty complex mysteries, told with a lot of internal dialogue. Most of us have have moments of self doubt and insecurity, these stories expose a lot of negative thinking, even by the most rational individuals. The book is really a good one.

  • Tonya D Flores
    2019-05-20 20:31

    Good storyThis one kept me guessing. I was a little blindsided by who-done-it. Not who I was expecting at all. Still dragged a little bit in the beginning. But a good sorry overall.

  • Holly Wilson
    2019-05-07 23:18

    Psychological thrillerGood beginning, liked the characters. Got a little bogged down in the psych stuff. Felt at times like I was doing a 1:1 with a patient.Rip roaring ending tied everything together.

  • Kevin Reeder
    2019-04-22 01:25

    skip can really get in the middle of her cases. complicated storyline that kept you guessing

  • rusty mccurdy
    2019-04-26 21:30

    Axeman Jazz Skip is a good cop. This book kept me guessing right to the end. This is the second Skip Langdon mystery I've read and enjoyed

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-20 20:35

    It was a little hard to follow at times but worth it in the end.

  • susan sarsfield
    2019-04-30 22:23

    Didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed her others. The ending was abrupt.

  • Vanessa
    2019-04-25 21:18

    Good storyLiked the story line and the suspense. The build up was timely, it was hard to really be sure who did it!

  • Jim
    2019-05-08 19:35

    Holds you til the endJulie Smith is one of my "go to" writers. She has never disappointed. Have read 5 of the Skip Langdon series.

  • Sophiejake199yahoo.Com
    2019-04-30 01:13

    Good srory

  • Sheryl
    2019-05-21 22:17

    QuirkyHard to follow, disjointed plot, needs a good editor. The book never captured me, never got intriguing. Just page after page of drivel with no compelling action, insights or characters. Don't waste your time

  • Natalie
    2019-04-30 01:32

    Skip Langdon’s life is looking up. After an excellent job on her previous case, she has been promoted from being a rookie cop to a homicide detective. She still has an enemy in the anti-feminist Sergeant O’Rourke, but a new colleague, the respected psychologist Cindy Lou Wootten, can put him in his place and does. Work is going great.Her personal life is looking up. Her new romance – though long distance – makes her happy. In fact, the only thing troubling her now is the new case. What appeared to be a couple of isolated murders is looking more and more like the work of a serial killer. When the media receives a message from the self-proclaimed “Axeman,” it is up to Skip to solve the cases and bring an end to the growing hysteria surrounding the Axeman and his odd demand.Skip’s biggest lead lands her in the city’s oddest trend: the self-help group social scene. There, she meets an eclectic group of “anonymous” individuals, all suffering from – or believing they suffer from – a myriad of issues, from alcoholism to sex addition to co-dependency.Skip is sure that the key to her investigation lies somewhere amongst these people, but the problem becomes convoluted when she begins to befriend some of them. Can she listen to her instincts when her judgment is compromised?You’re never sure where Julie Smith is leading you in this intricate novel. All of the suspects are as untrustworthy as they are personable; each is volatile and Smith makes a case for each of them to be the murderer.The second in the Skip Langdon series, The Axeman’s Jazz is more than a continuation of the previous novel. We learn more about the core characters and, in particular, what motivates Skip Langdon, but this novel stands alone and does not need to be read as part of the series to be enjoyable. Smith keeps you guessing as the story unfolds.

  • Casceil
    2019-05-03 17:16

    This second book in a series was a significant improvement over the first book. The main character behaves much more like a real cop now, and doesn't make the kind of stupid mistakes she did in the first book. I plan to keep reading the series.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2019-04-21 01:18

    Edgar award, I read several years ago and liked it very much. This second one-not so much. Skip finds herself chasing a killer who is preying on members of New Orleans' various 12-step programs. A murderer is on the loose in the city claiming to be the Axeman, a serial killer who stalked the city 70 years before. The only link between the victims is that they belonged to self-help groups, most with an Alcoholics Annonymous 12-step approach. But the anonymity that protects their participants is now hiding the identity of a killer. Skip is sent undercover to the most likely of the programs,only to discover that she has more in common with its members than she ever imagined, not to mention that she finds her cover blown at least in one situation by her own mother who belongs to one of the groups. And in a group of people who admit to being mentally unhealthy, she suddenly has more suspects than she knows what to do with. Cristine McMurdo-Wallis' narration, while too slow-paced for me, does really well at showing us Skip’s generally cynical thoughts. But in general the book doesn’t hold up well for me. Skip Langdon can’t, in my estimation, come close to acting like a southern belle, as we are supposed to believe she has managed, and she becomes too happy at the end to be believed, at least for me, a noir lover and a cynic.

  • Carol
    2019-04-29 23:35

    Murder mystery centered around people in a codependency group.....I found it disturbing that these codependency groups were being used as pickup joints- and the intimation- no outright statement- that most of the members of the group were faking just to get attention. I found it scary that people who actually needed this support would potentially be opening themselves to people that would take advantage of them. All the main characters though were disturbed in their own way - probably more than a simple support group would be able to handle. I went back and forth on who the Axeman was. My first guess was correct but there were so many other clues thrown in that I second and third guessed myself. I even contemplated Missy for about a second. The characters were wide ranging and developed even though I did not read the first episode of the series.I actually got this as a free download from Amazon special and for once it might make me look into some of the other stories in the series....

  • Maggie Carroll
    2019-04-21 01:35

    Truth be told, mystery is not my genre. I picked this book up for a dollar at a local book sale, intrigued by the title. The Axeman of New Orleans is a fascination and I was willing to take a chance on this interesting premise. I had a hard time getting through this book. I found the characters all unlikable and unrelatable. There was very little keeping me interested in finishing the book, and eventually my boredom won out. That's not to say it isn't well written and a vaguely enjoyable read. I could read it at work to pass the time effectively, and there were even parts of it that made it hard to put down. But I don't think it will ever be on my re-read list. I particularly found the sex scenes awkward and ham handed. They made me a little uncomfortable to read, in that they felt a little forced. There didn't seem much reason for them to be there. I conclude this saying I know this isn't my cup of tea, but there have been many other people that love this book. Were I the demographic, I'm sure I would love it to. Alas.

  • Bryan D.
    2019-05-09 19:18

    Who needs Mardi Gras. New Orleans has plenty of reasons to celebrate, and when a serial killer sends a letter to the press indicating that he is ready to kill again, but will pass over any home hosting a jazz band, the city responds with parties city-wide. The police are concerned as they have already started looking for the killer after two people with almost no human connections are strangled and a large red "A" is left on the wall. The connection seems to be 12-step meetings, and the police, notably new homicide detective Skip Langford, start attending meetings, learning more than any of them wanted to know about themselves and other friends and family members who "enjoy" the anonymity that such meetings offer. Definitely a page turner, and one I highly recommend. Fortunately, there are a series of Skip Langford books, and the detective even appears in the Talba Wallis series. You go girl!

  • Muriel
    2019-05-13 00:25

    I started this series a little backwards, starting with book #9. This past week, I backed it up and read New Orleans Mourning (#1) and Axeman's Jazz (#2). It was good to start with Offficer Margaret "Skip" Langdon on the streets of the French Quarter. Although she was ready to throw in the towel by the end of book #1, just a few months later, she has been moved to the homicide squad. Hunting down a killer in the Quarter, Skip continues to deal with her own issues of growing up in a dysfunctional Up Town family. Using some unorthodox tactics in finding a serial killer, Skip continues to hone her skills and come to grips with her place in the world.Not only are the Skip Langdon murder mysteries intriguing, but the color of New Orleans comes through loud and clear. Being from the south, I'm fascinated with Skips's efforts to figure out her place in the culture of a southern woman. Definitely worth the time. I'm looking forward to reading Jazz Funeral (#3) next.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-17 18:38

    This mystery follows the first Skip Langdon book, New Orleans Mourning, featuring detective Margaret "Skip" Langdon. The hot, humid August weather is almost a character in a book which introduces so many characters that it took a while before I could see how they were related. The main suspects in this mystery each seem like a possible murderer until you read more about another suspect. It kept me guessing until the last few pages.Skip doesn't quite fit in--she grew up in a privileged society with a doctor father and a society active mother. They consider her the "black" sheep of the family and an embarrassment -- she's a cop, unmarried, lives in a small apartment, and doesn't dress properly. Her good "Southern" upbringing and manners come to the surface at important times. No sexSeveral murders but they weren't mentioned until after a body was found

  • Nolan
    2019-04-25 20:23

    This is a fast-paced look at New Orleans--its charming and its gritty side. A serial killer is methodically picking off people whose only common ground is that they attend 12-step programs in New Orleans. At one point, the killer mimics historic killings in New Orleans. He issues an ultimatum that people will die who are not listening to jazz on a specific night. Enter Detective Skip Langdon. She's perfect for the job of infiltrating the city's 12-step programs, even finding her mother involved in one--a find that comes asa real surprise. The characterizations here are interesting, and the author does a good job of bridging the time gaps in New Orleans history with its present. There's plenty of suspense in here to keep you reading. I read the audio edition of this, which was well narrated and kept my interest.

  • Bob
    2019-05-19 19:18

    This wasn't a bad book. Not extraordinary, but not bad. The plot involves a serial killer who uses the legend of Axeman, a killer from the past, to carry on his evil deeds. The legend goes that the killer would pass by any house playing jazz on the nights he went out to kill. Being set in New Orleans, this was just another reason to party. The killer finds his victims in 12 step programs, and once the police figure this out, they begin to narrow down the suspects. i wouldn't call this edge-of-your-seat action, but the plot moved along at a steady clip and the ending made a little bit of sense, though the motivation of the killer was a little weak in my opinion. Anyway, this was an average detective story. Better than a lot of books i've read, but certainly not among the best.