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New Orleans Mourning A Gripping Police Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel and the FIRST mystery in the highly acclaimed Skip Langdon series, New Orleans Mourning falls deliciously between the psychological suspense of Laura Lippman and the delicate drama of Tennessee Williams Smith is a gifted writer Washington Post Book World New Orleans Mourning Skip Langdon, by Julie Smith New Orleans Mourning is one of the relatively rare Edgar Best Novel winners that I had already read, shortly after its publication I ve gone on to read all Smith s New Orleans books for some reason, I didn t get into her earlier San Francisco based series. Mourning My New Orleans slate Aug , Mourning My New Orleans Our family has lived there for a century New Orleans is or maybe was a place where a third of the people live New Orleans Saints Fans Still in Mourning Over Lack of New Orleans Saints Fans Still in Mourning Over Lack of Pass Interference Call in NFC Championship Said tight end Benjamin Watson on The Ingraham Angle on Tuesday night, football is an New Orleans Mourning Skip Langdon Series by Julie New Orleans Mourning Skip Langdon Series by Julie Smith When the smiling King of Carnival is killed at Mardi Gras, policewoman Skip Langdon is on the case She knows the upper crust family of the victim and that it hides than its share of glittering skeletons. New Orleans Mourning Skip Langdon Mystery Series The Mar , Our new desktop experience was built to be your music destination Listen to official albums . New Orleans mourning Book, WorldCat Get this from a library New Orleans mourning Julie Smith Skip Langdon, a socially connected New Orleans policewoman, is assigned to investigate the murder of Popular items for new orleans mourning etsy Popular items for new orleans mourning etsy New Orleans Mourning A Gripping Police Procedural New Orleans Mourning A Gripping Police Procedural Thriller The Skip Langdon Series Book eBook Julie Smith Kindle Store


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  • Joyce
    2019-05-17 17:29

    Re-reading this Edgar Award winner made me nostalgic for the 1990's. As part of the cultural ascendency of my own grumpy, surly, suspicious Gen X -- along with grunge and Riot Grrls -- there was a boom in mysteries with strong, independent, not particularly feminine female protagonists. Nowadays every new series written by a woman seems to feature a young, beautiful vampire... but 20 years ago, it was all about the lone female protagonist who worried about whether having any kind of human relationship (other than with an eccentric landlord) signalled dependency and neediness.Julie Smith isn't much on airtight plot -- whenever she can't figure out how to drop a clue into the story, she arranges for someone to get hit on the head or burglarized -- but her characters, even the most minor ones, come brilliantly alive through dialog. And although the story here is unlikely and sensationalistic, the author is also exploring a literary theme: that every member of an family can have incredibly divergent assessments and memories of family dynamics. One sibling may recall a summer spent in the country as a paradise, while another may remember an atmosphere of dread and abuse. It may not even be enough to say that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way; Smith shows us here that an unhappy family might be unhappy in multiples of ways.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-20 21:32

    New Orleans Mourning is one of the relatively rare Edgar Best Novel winners that I had already read, shortly after its publication. I've gone on to read all Smith's New Orleans books; for some reason, I didn't get into her earlier San Francisco-based series.Rereading the first book in a long-running series is a bit like reconnecting with an old friend, but it's also a bit like time travel. In this first book, Skip Langdon, Smith's protagonist, is still feeling her way as a police officer and as an adult woman. She has a lot of unresolved issues and so do most of the other major characters in the book -- and some very similar issues, at that. Mention is made that Skip has been reading Tennessee Williams, and Williams's theme of dysfunctional Southern families is on nearly every page of New Orleans Mourning.Skip, who has only recently realized that a cop is what she wants to be when she grows up, is still a uniformed beat cop, detailed to crowd control at the big Mardi Gras Parade on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) itself. As daughter to a social-climbing doctor and his wife, she knows most of upper-crust N.O., and as she watches the float of Chauncey St. Amant, an acquaintance who's this year's Rex (King of Carnival), she is stunned to see someone in a Dolly Parton costume shoot him dead from a balcony. When her superiors realize she has entree into this world, she's assigned to help with the investigation.Smith uses changing points of view skillfully to portray the passions, personalities and problems of the St. Amant family and the family friend, Tolliver Albert, from whose balcony the shot was fired. Of course, the family were all at the exclusive Boston Club waiting for the parade -- or were they? Skip's investigation takes her from the mansions of the rich to the most squalid of New Orleans' slums. In the end, she is not sure whether or not justice has been served.New Orleans Mourning made me think of the novels of Donna Leon, set in Venice, Italy -- a similar city in some ways, strongly influenced by and often menaced by water, with its own language and customs, its Carnival, and its civic corruption. Like those in most of Leon's books, the ending of New Orleans Mourning is somewhat unsatisfying, but sadly believable.I recommend this highly to anyone who hasn't yet discovered Smith's series. It's only the daunting state of my TBR shelves that's keeping me from going back to reread the whole series.

  • Gail
    2019-04-29 18:15

    This book was full of miserable, unlikeable characters. I don't think I'll be reading the next in the series; too many good books to read!

  • Denise Link
    2019-05-17 18:27

    It may not be fair for me to rate this book, because I didn't get very far into it before I gave it up. By a few chapters in, I didn't care about any of the characters and actively disliked most of them. I didn't care at all who killed the guy. The roving first-person POV was not done well, so instead of being interested enough to sort out whose head I was in, I was just confused. PERHAPS if one was from NOLA or really a cultural insider, one might enjoy being part of the "in group" and understanding the references, but to this Yankee (who typically does enjoy insight into other cultures), the plot and characters weren't worth the research necessary to sort it all out. I'm also not into familial disfunction in my beach reading, and this book is full of tangled, sad family interaction.

  • Scot
    2019-05-19 23:33

    Okay, I like the pun in the title, and I love the setting. I have been lucky enough to have to go to NOLA on business twice in the last year, and I had wonderful times there (as I always inevitably do). so I was excited to revisit the French Quarter in particular in this novel, and was pleased to get an insider’s insights into the class system there and the rules and traditions of Mardi Gras.However, I just couldn’t come to care for the main character, Skip Langdon. She is presented to us as the gangly upper class girl who never fit in, so she rejected the world of debutantes and (ostensibly) is now proving herself as a rookie cop, an Amazon policewoman with guts and determination, also confronted with reverse snobbery from her sexist working class cop colleagues. The story itself is from some years ago, but that part didn’t bother me—I just found her behavior inconsistent (you can’t be both the gangling wallflower and Charlie’s primo Angel at the same time). I also didn’t get why her love interest, the tall sexy moviemaking hunk from the West Coast, found her so captivating—that whole love dynamic didn’t make sense and the more their possible romance was hemmed and hawed over, the less interested I became. (I almost stopped reading altogether when he seduced her into their naked purification ritual with candles and incense.) There were many less nauseating parts of the book, some I even enjoyed. For instance, I did enjoy the chapters given over to narration by different characters from this rich but dysfunctional Southern family steeped in melancholia (thank you for the idea, Mr. Faulkner…) as we tried to figure out which one committed the murder of King Rex at the high point of Mardi Gras, disguised as a sharpshooting Dolly Parton.

  • Allison
    2019-04-25 17:16

    Well written and an interesting story but not exactly the cozy mystery I thought I was getting. I really didn't like Skip as a character. Come to think of it, none of the characters in this, with the exception of Steve, had any redeeming value at all. I wasn't sad or upset over the deaths of any of the people and the ones who were left didn't give me anything to grieve over either. Just a bunch of sad, social climbers with nothing better to do than perpetuate old social mores. And the ending. Don't get me started on the rich getting away with, in this case, murder.

  • Marilyn Groves
    2019-05-14 18:31

    I'm not rating this one because it wouldn't be fair. I made it less than 10% into the book.Perhaps I don't have enough interest about New Orleans, or care enough about the Mardi Gras history or events, but not even the characters introduced captured my attention enough to continue.Sorry........

  • Jon
    2019-05-03 19:39

    I like the author. I like the lead character Skip Langdon. And, of course, I love NOLA. So I'm a happy camper. This was #1 in the series, so I went back to the beginning. I'm now reading book #2.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-05 00:24

    I read this when it first came out and loved it. Miss this series.

  • Jay Williams
    2019-04-23 23:21

    After reading a later book in this series I decided I wanted to start at the beginning, and I'm so happy that I did. This book is written in a lush style that beautifully captures the essence of New Orleans. The psychological makeup of all the principal characters is portrayed in great detail while adding to the progress of the story. Even a person who has never experienced New Orleans will appreciate the atmosphere developed as the story progresses. Having experienced the New Orleans of the 80s, I have to say the descriptions are spot on, including the food and the bars. Skip Langdon is not a super woman, but a very real person who has to deal with her own issues to investigate a vexing murder. The murderer's identity is in doubt up to the end, and after the crime is solved, the twist at the end dramatic to say the least, and contributes to the brooding atmosphere of the city. The characters are so richly developed in this book that the story stays with you long after you put it down.

  • Bob
    2019-05-14 22:18

    The first of the Skip Langdon series set in New Orleans has Skip as a regular new cop assigned to the Homicide squad because of her connections to the murdered King of the Carnival. The plot is rife with the lives and machinations of some of the most prominent citizens and Skip as the daughter of the doctor of many of these people has somewhat of a friendship with some and is at least known to others. Twists abound as she works the clues and is barley accepted by the two detectives she is working with. A fun read and since I downloaded a set of 9 I have 7 more to go,( I had already read one earlier. ). Plenty of New Orleans flavor to this series.

  • WK
    2019-05-18 22:39

    I was expecting more from this book because I knew it had won the Edgar Award. I gave it 4 stars just in case the 3 I wanted to give it was misguided by over expectations. It a good mystery, but I was hoping for Great and didn't get it. But don't let my judgment prevent you from trying it, I also don't agree with 8 out of 10 Pulitzer Prise winning selections.

  • Jan C
    2019-05-07 21:13

    This was an enjoyable book. Matter of fact, this was one I read twice. It wasn't until I was halfway in that I remembered that I had read it before. i knew I liked the character of Skip Langdon but had forgotten the title.

  • Christi Nash
    2019-05-05 20:40

    I think this is the beginning of an excellent series, and I am surprised I never discovered until coming across a copy in used books for sale for a dime at a college library. The series began around 89/90, is apparently out of print, and beautifully captures the late 20th century South, with nods to the great Southern writers including John Kennedy Toole.I have found that I usually don't like mystery novels in the "cozy" section, as they tend to be puerile and shallow, the literary equivalent of a poorly written sitcom, but I would say that the Skip Langdon detective series rides that fine line between cozy and serious mystery fiction, and actually pulls it off well.Will likely appeal to people whose tastes run from Tennessee Williams plays, to V.C. Andrews' popular 1980s "Southern gothic lite" novels, with maybe a dash of the eccentric cast of characters from true crime Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It's definitely chick lit, though, very heavy emphasis on complexity of social relationships.I'll try to look for more in this series online and in used books shops. Thus far I'm a fan.

  • chrissie
    2019-05-20 01:26

    Found the book very confusing at the start as there were so many characters I kind of got lost.Very descriptive of New Orleans and the characters were ok but I felt that Skip could have been developed a little stronger - maybe this happens as the books go on.I listened to the end and by then half way through I was pretty much hooked.I wouldn't necessarily tell others to buy this book but as a get something cheap to read at the moment it is not too bad.Will read more from the author just to see if the writing develops.

  • Carolyn (in SC) C234D
    2019-05-06 18:37

    I really cannot recall this book, but what I wrote back in 2008: good mystery, featuring New Orleans police officer Skip Langdon, as well as the city of New Orleans. The King of Mardi Gras is murdered in plain sight, and Skip is called on to help, as she is from a family in the same social class as the victim. Lots of possibles, a cast of many. The wife, the son, the old family friend, the bastard daughter? Interesting local color.

  • Tina Alosa
    2019-04-30 17:16

    New Orleans is a starring characterSo many twists and turns in this story. Just when I thought AhHa! another piece would fall into place, proving my theory wrong again. Great mystery, but getting to know some pre Katrina details of this city was just as satisfying. Can't wait to visit Skip again.

  • Joyce McKune
    2019-05-17 21:14

    Murder on Fat Tuesday.Skip was on parade detail when king Rex was shot on his float right in front of her. She saw someone in a Dolly parton costume on the balcony holding pistols.

  • Larry Fountain
    2019-05-11 19:23

    very convoluted. understanding new Orleans is tough. but well written.

  • John Brissette
    2019-04-30 20:31

    Fun little read as the skip Langdon books always are. New Orleans provides a natural setting for drama even if it does sometimes get a bit cliche. But a great read for beach or pool.

  • Kathy Starling
    2019-05-07 00:18

    great book.characters developed to point you think they are their best friend. can't wait to read next book. you can smell the carnival season from King Cake to Cup to go

  • Masayuki Arai
    2019-04-28 01:29

    weird family

  • Jewett
    2019-04-22 00:19

    A good read - good characters and an interesting look at the "society" people in New Orleans.

  • Karen Klink
    2019-05-21 22:13

    Read about sixty pages and could not get into this. I love books about New Orleans, but this one is too much like a cheesy daytime soap for me.

  • Annie
    2019-05-05 21:42

    I tried twice to get into and enjoy this book. I couldn't like anyone in it, I don't know why this won an Edgar...

  • Julie
    2019-05-02 23:21

    Too much bad language. Good story but unsavory language for me.

  • Carol A Chase
    2019-05-12 01:14

    Slow going but an okay read.The story moved very slow and I was ready to put it down at times. However, I kept reading and was rewarded with a good finish! I will read more of Smith's books.

  • Donna McBroom-Theriot
    2019-05-15 19:37

    The author began the book with a prologue about the history of Carnival, which I thought was quite interesting. Having been raised just outside of the city, and living in Southern Louisiana my entire life, I have to confess to never having studied or researched the beginning of a tradition so large, that the entire Southern half of the state declares it a holiday. Some even think Carnival – known as Mardi Gras – to be bigger than Christmas. I have included some of the history on my blog where you can read the review in its entirety. A few facts about Carnival – just enough to whet your appetite – Carnival season last anywhere from thirty to sixty days and there are many who inebriate to the extent they may remember very little of the season. “Early on in Arcadia, to purify the soil, the priests painted themselves, the shepherds stripped naked, and for the former chased the latter over the landscape, merrily lashing them with goatskin whips…the church sought to end the hilarity…failed…in the spirit of compromise that has so often saved their bacon, the bishops offered their own celebration, neatly transforming a pagan debauch into a Christian one. It was first called Carnelavare, or “farewell to the flesh”, because it preceeded the forty Lenten days of fasting and penitence before Easter. But, one must be sober to pronounce such a word, and so it became simply “Carnival.” The medieval custom of holding parades, masquerades…in celebration…were handed down…” Having attended Mardi Gras in New Orleans, I can say first hand, it’s a wild time. There are also some very interesting tidbits about King Rex and the Boston Club that I was not aware of and I would so hate to ruin a good read by telling you all of the secrets. So, (in the book) when King Rex is murdered before he even approaches the Boston Club to toast his Queen, well, that’s Mardi Gras for you. Turns out, Skip Langdon, our young detective, much to her mortification, witnesses the murder. Amid all of the ensuing chaos that is Carnival, the murderer, dressed as Dolly Parton, escapes from a friend’s apartment. Left to inform the family of the murder, she encounters a family indicative of the colorful people found in New Orleans. And, in good Southern tradition, they all have nicknames; Bitty, Skippy, Cookie. Biddy, the alcoholic mother, Marcelle, the perfect, dutiful daughter, Henry, the transvestite trying to figure out if he’s gay son, Tolliver – closet queen or just in love with someone he’ll never have. There’s also Poppoo and Mommoo, and of course, Ma-Me’re and Pa-P’ere; as well as the requisite hooker or two (this is New Orleans!) Julia Smith weaves a wonderful who-dun-it that even left me guessing, long after I had the audacity to think I knew who the murderer was (and normally I figure it out.) She weaved a colorful cast of characters that reminded me of people I either know or have met. Skip Langdon even had a few “Lucy” moments that left me chuckling aloud.You can read the rest of my review here:

  • Peggy White
    2019-05-04 00:22

    Great StoryExcellent story with twist and turns with an ending very unexpected. Couldn't put the story down. A great read for anyone

  • Cynthia
    2019-05-04 20:13

    was a fun read, but wouldnt read it again or the other parts.