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July 10, 2017

Fast-Paced Book: The Devil's Muse by Bill Loehfelm #MondayBlogs

by MK French


Maureen Coughlin is a New Orleans police officer working part of the Mardi Gras parade route. It's a tough job because of the locals and the sheer number of tourists. The job becomes even more complicated when a shooter harms three people, a fellow officer starts to emotionally unravel, a camera crew tries to capture video for their YouTube channel, and possible gang activity could make everything spiral out of control.

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The Devil's Muse
July 2017; Sarah Crichton Books;
978-0374279776; ebook, audio, print (272 pages)
hard-boiled mystery
This is a very fast paced book. Even so, I was surprised to realize that the bulk of the book took place in one night of the Mardi Gras parades.

I didn't understand the title of the book, but there are streets in New Orleans named after the Greek Muses, and there are a number of Krewes named after Greek gods and goddesses. The afterward specifically names the Krewe of Muses, who likely helped give Bill Loehfelm background into the parade route and all of the little ways that criminals could take advantage of the madness that is Mardi Gras.

This book gives a great feel for what it's like to be in the city with the police, and even the characters that are meant to be background ones sparkle and crackle with life.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.



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