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Friday, January 6, 2012

Voodoo Bones by Melanie Atkins

Voodoo Bones by Melanie Atkins
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story(52 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rated 5 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Noel Galliano has always wanted her own business, and despite critics who believe she won’t succeed, opens a tiny French Quarter voodoo shop. What she doesn’t count on is finding a dismembered corpse upstairs. Detective Mathieu Bergeron is considered a failure around the district station, until he puts away the Bayou Ripper. Then another mutilated body is found, and both his arrest and competence are thrown into question. Matt and Noel must work together to solve this terrifying crime in the Big Easy...and along the way, they fall in love.

Detective Matthieu Bergeron has to be the best leading man I’ve bumped into in ages and all I can say is: I hope Ms. Atkins is planning a sequel. His utter professionalism might mask his quick temper, but he’s truly an old-style man’s man.

Lucky for him, cute Noel Galliano finds him a gorgeous hunk of man, right from the first meeting. Less lucky is that this ongoing investigation threatens to get in the way. Matt seems perfectly competent, but some unique challenges crop up. And Noel is a driven soul – she seems ordinary enough at first, but she has goals. Both Characters are strong and believable with everyday baggage, like regrettable family ties and personal motivations, and this quickly acknowledged attraction.

The plot centers around a grisly crime, and intrigue blends with suspense throughout. Although clues abound (and action aplenty), the crime is completely unpredictable and has some real edge-of-your-seat moments.

Although the characters and puzzle keep you enthralled, the details of the location are also exceedingly well done. Ms. Atkins has a take-you-there style, and at the end of this, you’ll feel you’ve toured New Orleans in autumn; smelled the aromas, heard the sounds.

Ms. Atkins presents a fresh take on the classic crime story, with a heartfelt romance that refuses to take a backseat. No matter what type of reading you prefer, you will find this well-written novella completely engaging. Make this one a must-read.